Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Interview with Amanda Hocking & Switched giveaway

Please join me in welcoming Amanda Hocking here, author of My Blood Approves vampire series and the new Trylle trilogy.

Amanda's here to tell us more about the second book in her Trylle Trilogy, Torn, following my review of Switched which I rate a 4.5/5  - and Amanda's giving away 2 ebooks of Switched, which you can enter after the interview.

Amanda, could you tell us more about yourself?
I'm a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with John Hughes and Jim Henson. In between making collages and drinking too much Red Bull, I write young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance. The first two book in the new paranormal romance the Trylle Trilogy - Switched  and Torn - are out now, and the third book - Ascend - will be out Fall 2010. The first four books in her series - My Blood Approves, Fate, Flutter, and Wisdom - are available now.

When did you start writing?
As soon as I could write. When I was little, I used to fill up notebooks with story. I was always writing.

How long did it take you to write Switched and Torn?
It took roughly 2 weeks to write Switched, and 3 weeks to write Torn.

Where did you get the inspiration from for characters? -and how did you come up with the titles?
It depends. But I specifically wrote the character of Oren in Torn based on Michael Wincott, on the off chance the series get turned into a movie so Michael Wincott can play him. He’s the ultimate villain.

What is your favorite book you've written, and who's your favorite character?
I don’t know if he’s my all time favorite, but I really like Loki in Torn. I usually like the bad guys, and I’m plugging Oren hardcore from Torn

What's your favorite food?
Japanese food and sushi. I love seafood. And Sweet Tarts and Red Bull if they count as food.

Would you choose chocolate or books?
Books, but I’m not big into chocolate, so it was a no brainer, ha.

When you're not writing, who are your favorite authors and genre?
Lately, I’ve been on a re-reading craze. So I’ve been re-reading Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Bret Easton Ellis, J. D. Salinger, and Douglas Adams. I also read a lot of graphic novels (I’m crazy about Batman, but I love anything Alan Moore or Jeph Loeb do). In the paranormal romance, I love Rachelle Mead and Claudia Gray. I’m not big into fairies, but I did like Wonderous Strange. Oh, and I really love Shakespeare. It’s cliché, but true.

Any future plans for books?
Millions. Too many to list. I have a YA series about witches starting next month with Honalee.

Could you also tell us more about Torn?
Torn is the dark middle child of the Trylle trilogy. It’s a lot of growing pains as Wendy matures and takes more control of her life. Her romantic life gets more complicated. Some questions get answered, and some new ones get asked. 

To be in with a chance of winning one of 2 ebooks of Switched, the first in the Trylle series, 
Please leave a meaningful comment and then......
 Enter here! Giveaway has now ended and is pending communication from Amanda, sorry for the delay folks.

Amanda's blog is here 


Anonymous said...

Nice interview! I've enjoyed all Amanda's YA books and very much looking forward to Honalee.

New follower. :)

Avery said...

Clearly Red Bull and Sweet Tarts count as food!

Okay seriously though... It only took you 2-3 weeks to write each of your books? It can take me that long just to write a book review! Hats off to you! I cannot wait to check out your series... Great interview!


Debra L Martin said...

Gee Amanda, I'm with Avery - 2-3 weeks to write a book. Do you ever sleep?


peapod said...

Great interview!
This is not a genre I have dipped into before but your previous review of Switched and this interview have left me intrigued. I look forward to reading some Amanda Hocking titles in the near future.

Lesley said...

Sweet tarts and Bret Easton Ellis? Amanda sounds pretty cool if you ask me. ;)

I enjoyed the interview, very interesting!

SandyG265 said...

I can't believe that you write that fast!

Ladytink_534 said...

She sounds like a neat person! I'm more Walt Disney than Jim Henson obsessed but I do love him too.

Kulsuma said...

2/3 weeks! Wow.
I myself would struggle between books and chocolates:D

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

Holy schmoly, 2~3 weeks to write a book? That's absolutely crazy! I couldn't even imagine writing a book in that short amount of time! xD

Also... books over chocolate? Now that's a toughy. It'd depend on the chocolate brand and what type of book. xD if it's any chocolate from UK company or Thortons, I think I might have to pick chocolate, lol! :P

Anyway, great interview! :D

Chrizette @ All the days of said...

I love your covers - they are so beautiful and all seem to fit together. Great job!

baychriz at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

I just read your review of Switched & it sounds fab, definitely something I'll be adding to my to read pile :o)

How could you make us choose between books & chocolate??? I don't think I could give up either of those LOL

AwesomeNiks said...

Mmmm I love Japanese food! :D

Michelle at Clover Hill Book Reviews said...

Sarah, I know, I'm evil ;) I prefer to eat chocolate whilst reading, the best of both worlds...but reading with one hand lol