This is where is get's hot. Okay, not so much. But let's talk about Hannah and her awesome books!
Did you love reading/writing as a kid or is it something that you seemed to enjoy doing more as you grew up?
For as long as I can remember, absolutely. When I was a little kid, I could never decide if I wanted to be writer or a singer. Eventually I realized I couldn’t sing well enough to be singer. I’m living in constant fear of the moment someone will finally figure out I can’t write well enough.
As a young writer still in college, how do you find the time to balance writing with passing your classes?
It’s incredibly hard. I’m in awe of anyone who can do it well, because I really cannot. I’m not a model student, I’ll tell you that.
I know you’re a big reader as well as writer, so are there any books that have come out recently or are releasing soon that you love and everyone must read?
Oh, wow, absolutely. I read STOLEN by Lucy Christopher this winter and it was incredible. It was absolutely incredible. WITHER by Lauren DeStefano just came out, and that’s a must, as is A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young, coming this summer. I also am a crazy loud fan of E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver series, and I don’t think anyone has ever anticipated a book the way I did REAL LIVE BOYFRIENDS this winter, and it did not disappoint even a little bit.
With the summary on the book being just a sneak into the it, can you tell us a little more about Invincible Summer?
Of course! Invincible Summer is about a boy and his family over the course of four summers. There’s a lot of philosophy, sex, and sign language, but really it’s about Chase’s relationship with his older brother and three youngest siblings. It’s a family book, and it’s about the things that get in the way of Chase having the perfect family that he really wants.
What inspired you to write Invincible Summer? Was it taken from your own experiences during high school summers or something else entirely?
The details and the setting are all real, but the actual plot events and all the characters are entirely made up. And they came from some crazy mixture of the album NARROW STAIRS by Death Cab for Cutie, The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving, and a whole summer spent reading Camus. I was absolutely dying to come with an idea to write, and Invincible Summer hit me all at once, in its entirety, after an entire day listening to NARROW STAIRS and begging my brain to come up with something.
Love triangles are kind of hot in the YA community right now but what is it that made you want to write about Chase liking his brother’s love interest, Melinda?
Ah, Chase is definitely not in love with her! Not even a little. Chase doesn’t even like her.
The love triangle is so much more about Chase and Noah than it is about Melinda. Because really, each of them loves the other more than either of them loves Melinda. And that was intentional. The triangle is about them. Melinda is another place where they interact and conflict. And she’s the wrench in the whole operation, really.
As a girl, do you find it more difficult to write from a male POV rather than a female or does it seem to come more naturally now that you’ve done it once already (with Break)?
Invincible Summer was something like the ninth manuscript I finished, and they were all from a male POV. So that’s definitely where I feel the most comfortable. I’m branching out now.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your upcoming books and what we can expect to see from you soon?
Absolutely! After Invincible Summer on April 19th, I have my first MG novel, Zombie Tag, about a boy who wakes up the dead to see his big brother again, coming out this December. So it’s another sibling book. :)
About a year from now, I have my next YA, GONE GONE GONE. It’s a love story--my very first love story!--about two boys set during the 2002 Washington D.C. sniper shootings. And that’s what it’s about, really: having pretty things during ugly times.
Hannah, thanks for doing this interview and I hope you have a freakin' awesome release day tomorrow! And guys, seriously. Go buy this book! And boys. Get it just for the cover if anything.