Today, I have the privilege to be a part of the You Wish blog tour and was able to interview the author, Mandy Hubbard! I’m so excited to be a part of this and to share this interview with you!
Growing up, when did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I was 20 when I started writing. But I never thought I would be a writer. I just thought it was this thing I did sometimes. I was 23 when I was bitten by the publishing bug and decided I wanted to go for it. It took me another year to get an agent and another two years after that to sell my book.
Are there any authors that inspire you? Many! I’m inspired by the graceful, caring, hard-working way people handle themselves—Jay Asher, Cyn Balog, Lauren Barnholdt, Saundra Mitchell, Rhonda Stapleton, and Elizabeth Scott in particular.
What has been your favorite book you’ve read recently?
ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING by Lauren Barnholdt was absolutely fabulous. J
What is it that inspires you to write?
I’m a lifelong reader. I love a book’s ability to transport you to other worlds, make you feel ways you never thought possible. They can make me cry or laugh or both at the same time. I’m just enamored by everything about books, so writing them fits naturally. With writing its like reading, but a step further—I get to know the characters even more, and I get to watch their story take shape.
In your own word, can you tell us what You Wish is about?
It’s about what happens when a cynical teen gets everything she ever wished for.
Where did the idea for You Wish come from?
I had been struggling to come up with the right concept for the follow up to PRADA & PREJUDICE. My publisher wanted it to be something that would fit the same brand—something fun, humorous and high concept. I actually did send them both BUT I LOVE HIM (May 2011 from Flux) and RIPPLE (July 2011 from Razorbill) but they really felt my best move for a second novel was a “brand” book. So as a result I was actively brainstorming ideas on a daily basis. A common line of thinking is—“What does this character want?—Great. Give it to them and see what happens.”
As I was pondering different interpretations of that, I thought about how sometimes what you want today is not what you want tomorrow. Then I thought, “heck, I wanted a life-sized My Little Pony at one point.” The lightbulb clicked on and the story grew.
If you could have one wish come true, what would it be?
I wish I could have an unlimited supply of plane tickets (to anywhere in the world—first class, of course!) and hotel stays. I’d love see Ireland, England, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan……
I just turned in RIPPLE, my July 2011 book coming out from Razorbill. Next up is my 2012 Flux book about a girl whose lie spirals horribly out of control.
Big thanks to Mandy for doing the interview and to Kari for putting this tour together!