30 July 2012

Summer Book Talk Day 6 : Interview with Amanda Hocking



It's Day 6 of Summer Book Talk, an event co-hosted by Kindle and Me, Maji Bookshelf and Books of Amber! As promised, we've had a ton of fun stuff the entire week including some awesome giveaways . Today's no exception =)
If you're wondering what this event is all about, click here to see the post explaining it all!




Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.


Yeah, you read right. I've been a HUGE fan of Amanda Hocking for almost a year and half now. I read her books way back when they were self-published (thank you Amazon!) and I just got my Kindle then. I wasn't even aware of the book blogging community or even Goodreads back then.
Well, I've come a long way and I think the word 'thrilled' wouldn't be enough to express how excited I am to have her on my blog today.
Also, thanks to St.Martin's, another lucky reader has a chance to win all of her books following this interview so keep reading =)

If you had to describe Wake in two words, what would they be?

Fun, Creepy.


What inspired you to write about mermaids? Any particular reason?

When I was a kid I was obsessed with Greek mythology, and I had an idea floating around for a series that involved sirens.


When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?

I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I went through a phase in high school where I didn’t want to have a career as a writer, because I decided that writers were “boring.” Other than that, I’ve always been writing short stories/poems, so I think other than in high school, it’s always been something I wanted to do.


Do you base your writing on your own past experiences?

No, nothing in my books is completely based on what person or event. I think I draw from experiences I’ve had, and people I know, but every character is basically a mix of different things from different people.


Where do you usually like to write or read?

I do all of my writing in my office, and all of my reading in my bedroom.




What are some of your favorite books that you’ve read recently?

I just finished reading Invisible Monsters Redux by Chuck Palahniuk, and that was really good. I’ve also been re-reading a lot of my Batman comics, to get ready for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.


In the future, will you write for different genre for your books?

I think so…I don’t know how far into the future that will be, because I’m having a great time writing what I am now, but I do have quite a few ideas for other things.


What is one thing that you can’t do without when you’re writing?

Music is definitely a must…I need to listen to music when I write. At the end of every book, I make a soundtrack for the book based on the songs I listened to the most while writing it, and put that up on my blog (if anyone ever wants some background music while they’re reading.) Other than that, depending on how late I start, I almost always have a can of Red Bull with me as well.


How is the writing process for you? Do you sit and write until you are out of ideas or do you set a schedule for yourself?

I think it’s a combination of both for me. I do a lot of outlining before I actually sit down to write, so that the writing part can go as quickly/smoothly as possible. Then, when I’m writing, I usually start at night, and stay awake as long as I can.


Any favorite movies and shows? Do you get any inspiration for your books from them?

Oh, I have tons of favorite movies and shows. I watch way too much TV. Big Brother just started up, that’s always fun. Other than that my favorite shows are probably Dexter, SouthLAnd, and Judge Judy. So far none of these shows have made it into a book, but you never know.


What are your plans for the next book? Different genre, a standalone or a series?

The next book I’ll be working on is Elegy, the 4th and final book in the Watersong series. I’m excited to start on that, and see what comes next.


Thanks Amanda, for taking the time to answer my questions!
Make sure you guys add her latest book, Wake (WaterSong, #1), to your TBR!

Wake (Watersong #1) by Amanda Hocking.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press.
Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

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78 comments:

  1. Awesome interview! I'm super excited to start reading the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking! :) thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  2. a shape shifter not so sure why type but one that can change on will not necessity^^

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  3. I would love to be a mermaid. When I was a child, my favorite movie was the Little Mermaid. And it would be totally amazing to swim in the ocean. Be friends with fish and live in under water kingdom.

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  4. I would be a dhampir :)I am a The vampire academy fan :D
    Cheers!

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  5. Great interview. I like the idea of being a mermaid! I'm a Pisces - so why wouldn't I?!

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  6. I would want to remain human; anything else would be way too weird. :)

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  7. I'd like to be an Angel! I love angel books! Or mermaid!

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  8. I would want to be a werewolf.

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  9. I'm thinking maybe a shapeshifter - Bird/horse/dolphin/man, you know maximize my options.

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  10. I would like to be a vampire because they are immortal. Who doesn't want to live forever?

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  11. I don't know. Shape shifter I think!

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  12. I would like to be a shape shifter.

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  13. I would want to be a shape shifter or a angel??

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  14. Either an Elf or a Faerie :)

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  15. A faerie might be nice. I'm already good at not lying!

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  16. I would probably be a faerie or something that could read minds! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Earth magic witch. Being a vampire would suck...get it? Hehe

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  18. I would love to be a Faerie. I mean, not much is known about the Faerie-kind, so it would be nice to explore the powers of a Faerie.

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  19. Faerie :)
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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  20. Werewolf. Just seems like I would be one, I suppose.

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  21. *Hillary Reyna* I would want to be a werewolf or vampire. A mermaid isn't really something I would want to live as forever and faerie's are known for being charming and that doesn't seem something I want to be followed around for. ;) Other than that, you're interview and review were awesome! I always like reading what Amanda has to say. And you chose some of the most interesting questions. So thanks for that! XD

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  22. Definitely a faerie!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  23. I wouldn't mind being a shapeshifter I think.

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  24. Fab interview - I love Amanda Hocking's Books! I think I would like to be a faerie because I would love to be able to fly :)

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  25. I would like to be a mermaid! To live in ocean and to travel all over the world.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Artemis

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  26. This sounds cliche, but I LOVE vampires! Always have been fascinated by them

    -Adeeb @ Bookville

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  27. Witch or only a girl with some paranormal powers - that would be so cool :)

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  28. Mermaid!! I am a water child as it is so that would totally rock my world <3

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  29. hm, i like the mermaid and faerie idea. i love water but i also would love it to fly - kinda difficult to decide. ultimately i would choose the faerie who can swim ;)

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  30. I would wanna be like Storm from X-Men. :P

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  31. I'd be a warlock! Sparkles at the end of my fingers :P

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  32. OMG, amazing question - Angel, definitely!

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  33. Faery I guess?! I wouldn't want to be any of them though!

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  34. Faerie! so many more options. :)

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  35. werewolf without a doubt!

    I spelt my twitter handle wrong by accident btw in my entry. It was entry number #327 I think. I was supposed to say that I followed @booksofamber with the account @star_light91

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  36. If I could choose one thing to be, there is no doubt. I would want to be a faerie.

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  37. i wanna be a shape shifter with bird type!!

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  38. Vampire, ever since I was five

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  39. I would want to be a faerie, but not one of the evil ones. I'd want to be one of the fun, mischievous ones : )

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  40. I wanted to be a Vampire since I was little, so yeah, Vampire :)

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  41. I'd have to say a Faerie because I don't think I'd be able to bite into other people if I was a vampire!!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

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  42. A mermaid because who doesn't want to be a mermaid??
    -JennyC

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  43. I would like to be a vampire.

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  44. I totally would've wanted to be a faerie, possibly of shadow court or dark court. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. Great interview! I really love Amanda Hocking's books!
    Eh, id probably want to be a faerie, but one of those fun naughty ones :P
    - Farah @MajiBookshelf

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  46. I'd want to be a witch! And go to Hogwarts, of course.

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  47. Shapeshifter, what sort of animal I don't know. o.o

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  48. a witch! they have really cool superpowers! :)

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  49. Probably a mermaid! Except for the whole "killing humans" thing... thanks for the great giveaway :D

    Rabiah (name on rafflecopter)

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  50. Hmm.. mermaid maybe? But a nice and harmless one :D

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  51. Vampire! Thank you for the int giveaway :)

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  52. I probably would want to be a mermaid
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  53. I would love to be a faerie or a Dhampir :))

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  54. Thank u for this giveaway. I want to be a mermaid, but with the happy ending :)

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  55. i would want to be a mermaid or vampir..
    thanks for the chance..

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  56. I would definitely be a Vamp ;D

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