YALLFest Interview With Michelle Hodkin

The lovely people over at YALLFest have graciously provided me with an interview with Michelle Hodkin, author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. For more YA festival goodness make sure to stop by their site!

Michelle HodkinDescribe your book in 5 words

Romeo and Juliet meets Hitchcock

What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

I spend a lot of time thinking about my first lines. A lot of time. Too much time. Luckily the last lines usually come to me as I write.

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

What I love about YA is that I don’t have to choose a genre. I can blend elements and mess with conventions from all of them—horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, whatever. I’m not sure I could choose a favorite, if I were ever told that I had to. And my reading is all over the place, but right now I’m reading a lot of old school sci-fi and fantasy, with some literary fiction thrown in.

What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It’s not YA, but it is about a teenager who reminds me of my teen self. And maybe also my adult self. Anyway. I basically push the book into the hands of everyone I meet. It’s just that good.

What are you working on now?

A secret project that is secret. But I’m wildly excited about it, and I think my readers will be

Thanks for the interview Michelle and YALLFest!

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