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Interview and Giveaway with Holly Black!

 Today, I’m so excited to have Holly Black with us to answer a few questions! 
Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh). Her most current books are The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, White Cat, the first book in The Curse Worker series, and her newest release, Red Glove, Book 2 in the Curse Worker series!

Also up for grabs is a copy of White Cat, which will go to one lucky winner!
*Giveaway Details*

Giveaway is now CLOSED! Thanks to everyone that entered!

Holly, I’m so thrilled to have you on the blog! Thanks so much for stopping by!I absolutely loved White Cat and Red Glove is just as amazing! For those that haven’t read this series, can you tell us a bit about it?
 HB: I’m so glad that you enjoyed the books. They’ve been so much fun to write.
 WHITE CAT and RED GLOVE take place in an alternate world that’s a lot like ours except there’s magic, magic is illegal, and as a result, controlled by the mob.

Cassel Sharpe comes from a family of grifters and curse workers. He believes he murdered his best friend, Lila, with whom he was in love – and has no idea why he would have done it. When he wakes up on the roof of his dorm room, with no idea how he got there, he starts to realize that maybe his memories are hiding more than they’re revealing. So he has to investigate his past and figure out who he really is and what he’s really done.

What kind of research did you do for White Cat, and did you have help?
HB: In some ways WHITE CAT came out of my own love of reading about con artists. I’ve read a lot of hardboiled fiction and am really interested in noir, so that was one part of what pushed me to write this book, but the other was reading true crime books. In particular, SON OF A GRIFTER, about a kid who had grown up in a criminal family and his journey to find his own personal morality inspired me. But the other book that I found to be incredibly helpful was THE BIG CON, which details how cons work step-by-step. Plus, I know lots of shady people, which is always helpful in creating authenticity. HB: Actually, when I started, I thought WHITE CAT was going to be the only book. About halfway through, I realized I had too much story to get where I needed to with the characters, especially emotionally. That’s when I realized this was going to be a series. I had to go back to my editor and explain this, which I did over the course of a cab ride to a conference – with lots of hand gestures. I think she thought I was crazy, but she agreed to go ahead with it.Now I’m trying to decide if BLACK HEART is the last book or not…

What were some of your favorite books/authors as a child?
HB: I loved Lloyd Alexander, Madeline L’Engle when I was a kid, and when I was a teenager, I was all about Tanith Lee and Anne Rice. I must have read INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE fifty times in eighth grade.

Is there anything you absolutely have to have to write? Anything that gets the creative juices flowing?
HB: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. But more seriously, I was once given the advice to never associate any habits with writing, in case I needed to write when I couldn’t have whatever that habit demanded. I try to stick to that. I have written all over the world, on the road and at home, in all different circumstances.

When you’re not writing great fiction, what do you like to do to unwind?

HB: I like reading and planning bizarre themed parties.

Is there something about yourself that you can share that a lot of people might not know?
HB: I have a hairless cat named Lily. Actually, that’s not really all that secret since I am holding her on my Twitter icon. Okay, I bet not that many people know that I grew up on the Jersey Shore.

Are there any upcoming projects that you can share with us, or teasers?

HB: I just finished the manuscript for BLACK HEART, the third book in the series, and I think people will be surprised how it ends.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! It was an absolute pleasure!

144 Responses to “Interview and Giveaway with Holly Black!”

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  1. Birgit says:

    Sounds like a fascinating read and I absolutely love the cover!!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  2. Hannah (Paperback Treasures) says:

    Great interview & thanks for the giveaway! I've been meaning to read this book forever!

    Hannah @ Paperback Treasures

  3. Hannah (Paperback Treasures) says:

    I tweeted:!/PbackTreasures/status/54909366297563136

    Hannah @ Paperback Treasures

  4. Clary says:

    Great Interview and giveaway!

    Clarissa Pereira

  5. Darlyn says:

    I've read Tithe and love it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  6. Annette says:

    I think these books sound great. Red Glove is on the top of my TBR right now, so I'd love to have this one!

  7. Andrea says:

    Sounds like a great series!

  8. Truly Bookish says:

    I love Holly Black's books, thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Bookadicea says:

    Amazing Intervie and Giveaway!
    Holly Black is such a great author.
    Would love to win! =) Please count me in


    clarissa.bulatao at

  10. Bookadicea says:



    clarissa.bulatao at

  11. Midnyte Reader says:

    No need to enter me. I just wanted to read the interview. I love reading about con artists too…I don't know why. I'm going to look into those books she talked about.

  12. Diana says:

    Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  13. Ashley Christine says:

    Awesome looking book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Ashley Collins

  14. Aydrea says:

    I have heard great things about White Cat, I so want to read it!


  15. Library Steph says:

    I love that Holly Black plans "bizarre themed parties"!! I have tons of ideas for those but haven't had the opportunity to have any since I'm broke and my friends are all in different cities now that we're done school.

  16. The book girl says:

    I'd love to be entered! Great interview– Holly Black is an interesting person!

  17. M says:

    Thanks for the great interview!

    You can really tell that Holly Black grew up in New Jersey and knows it well- I love how all her books are set there. :D

  18. JerseyGirl22 says:

    name:Petra B.
    e-mail: petra_socaciu(AT)

  19. The Lovely Getaway says:

    awesome interview :) & thanks so much for having this giveaway!


  20. Tammy says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love Holly Black!
    Tammy Dahle

  21. Vivien says:

    I would absolutely love to win, I adore Holly Black :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  22. Cath says:

    I've been meaning to get around to this series for so long, I love Holly Black ♥
    Thanks for a great interview =]

  23. Precious says:

    I love the interview! The research and inspiration part really got me! It's nice to read about stuff like that. :)

    I've read great reviews about White Cat, some not so good too. But I have a feeling I'll like this novel!

  24. ASHLEY HOLT says:

    Ashley Holt


  25. Deea says:

    I've recently started reading White Cat and it's awesome! I borrowed it from a friend and I would love to have my own copy – Holly's writing rocks!:D
    Great interview! And thanks for the giveaway!


  26. Winter Hansen says:

    Thanks for your great stories! I devoured White Cat and can't wait to read Red Glove. Hopefully, you'll get your fill of good coffee while in Seattle for the SCBWI conference. See you then.

  27. Bookish Brunette says:

    Great interview! I had a hairless guinea pig when I was in high school!

  28. Ricki says:

    I love her work!

  29. Teril says:

    oh Holly Black
    is such a great and versatile writer. Red Glove will be amazing.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  30. Phanee says:

    Thank you for the chance! I have never read anything by Holly Black, but I would love to!


  31. BooksforCompany says:

    l really love the sound of this series, thanks for the interview and giveaway
    booksforcompany @

  32. Jeanne says:

    Thank you for this giveaway!


  33. KelseyAnne says:

    Thanks so much for the chance =D
    Would love to win!


  34. Elysium says:

    I've read so much good about these books and it's on my wihlist. Thanks for the giveaway!


  35. Katie says:

    thank you! and interesting interview. i love learning new things about authors


  36. Alyssa says:

    Thanks for the interview & giveaway =)


  37. debbie says:

    I enjoyed the interview. I always wanted a hairless cat, I think they are really cute.

  38. Danah says:

    I've been wanting to read 'The Curse Workers' series. Thanks for giving away a copy of the first book and nice interview with Holly! :)


  39. Barbara E. says:

    White Cat sounds like a fantastic story. I've always enjoyed stories and movies featuring con artists. Right now one of my favorite TV shows is White Collar, which is about a con artists working with the FBI. I think the cover is fabulous as well.

    Barbara Elness
    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  40. Erinberry says:

    I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Erin L.
    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  41. Thais says:

    I really want to read these books, heard great thing about 'em.

    Thanks for the international giveaway =D


  42. Demoiselle says:

    I LOVED White Cat. Can't wait for Red Glove!

    turnect (at) auburn (dot) edu

  43. Karla Vollkopf says:

    I love the cover! Sounds like a great book! Thnaks for the giveaway, please count me in. :)

  44. Tore says:

    Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  45. LadyVampire2u says:

    I would love to win this book. Your a new author to me but I've been hearing so many great things about your books. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  46. LadyVampire2u says:

    I shared on Twitter:!/LadyVampire2u/status/55094661487927296

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  47. linda2060 says:

    I loved, loved, loved White Cat! And I'm looking forward to buying my own copy of Red Glove. Jersey Shore…that's interesting. Hairless cat, lots ofcoffee, and bizarre themed parties. I'd like to get into your mind.
    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  48. Lisa - Bookworm Lisa says:

    I have wanted to read the book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  49. andrea says:

    Thank you or the chance at a great giveaway! I enjoyed reading the interview with Holly and am excited to read her novels.

    Andrea Newkirk

  50. buddyt says:

    Sounds like a fascinating premise, the Mob controlling magic.

    I like to read about conmen so I think this might be up my alley.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Please enter me.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  51. TheGirlOnFire says:

    I really like these book covers! Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Stephanie- thegirlonfire
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  52. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much for this giveaway! Can't wait to read this :)

    Lisa – mssammydean(at)hotmail(dot)com

  53. Jessica says:

    Awesome giveaway and interview count me in please.

  54. Jessica says:

    I tweeted the giveaway


  55. marybelle says:

    I LOVE your work. I SO have my fingers crossed!!

  56. TheJay2xA says:

    I've been wanting to read this one! thanks for the giveaway :) hoping that randomness strikes me as the winner lol


  57. Janhvi says:

    i enjoyed the interview…thanks for the giveaway!!!!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  58. IdentitySeeker says:

    I've read so many reviews of White Cat and Red Glove in the past month and every one of them has been positive. I have not been fortunate enough to have been exposed to Holly's writing before, so I plan on reading her books as soon as possible.

  59. IdentitySeeker says:

    I've tweeted at:!/SweetNSensible

    I don't know how to find the direct link to my tweet, sorry.
    I've @mentioned you, though.


  60. Alicia says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Great interview too :)


  61. Misha says:

    I am in. misadevilgirl at seznam dot cz
    Great giveaway

  62. Alicia says:

    Great giveaway!


  63. Ivana says:

    Thank you for the lovely interview and giveaway!

  64. Augusto says:


  65. Syki says:

    I would like to read this one! Thanks for interview and giveaway :)


  66. Carina says:

    I'd love to read this book. Wonderful giveaway.


  67. Christie says:

    Sounds like an awesome book!

    swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

  68. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives) says:

    I loved this book and really want my own copy! Thanks so much!


  69. The Story Queen says:

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway! I just recently read this book and I fell in love.

    Thanks again!

  70. Aanchal @ Book Flame says:

    I would love to get my hands on this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. loveangel132 says:

    Such a great give away! Thank you!

  72. Lisa R/alterlisa says:

    Love her Spiderwick Chronicles and can't wait to read this series.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  73. hedgerhousehold says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  74. hedgerhousehold says:

    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  75. Reading mind says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read the book for so long but money is tight lately, so finger crossed!

    Love Holly and her writing!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  76. RachyBee says:

    Thanks for the interview! Holly is an amazing writer and it was great seeing you chat with her.

    I would love to win this book….count me in!

  77. ~Enamored Soul~ says:

    Thank you so much for hosting this amazing giveaway! I've heard such wonderful things about this book/series…I cannot wait to read it! :)

    GFC Follower: Enamored Soul
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

  78. ~Enamored Soul~ says:

    +1 Entry: I tweeted the giveaway!/inluvwithbookz/status/55553345301131264

    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

  79. Book Nerds says:

    I've been wanting to read these books — thanks for the giveaway!

    TweetyB99 at aol dot com

  80. katrinao says:

    great giveaway! I'm looking for some great summer reads right now :)


  81. Lexie@BookBug says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    GFC: Lexie@BookBug
    Email: lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  82. Lexie@BookBug says:

    Tweeted at!/LexieBookBug/status/55839512336678912
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  83. Tara says:

    I have heard so many great things about this series! There has been so much hype for this new book! Excited to read it!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  84. candice says:

    This series sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!
    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  85. Michelle @ The True Book Addict says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read White Cat.


  86. Michelle @ The True Book Addict says:



  87. mary ann says:

    great giveaway!!thanks for this;))I would love to read this book.

    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com

  88. Offbeat Vagabond says:

    Great interview guys. I have been seeing this series everywhere and I am dying to get them. I am so with you, Interview With the Vampire definitely started it all I believe, at least for me anyway. I would love to hear more about those bizarre theme parties, need pictures LOL! Thank you guys for the great interview and giveaway, good luck to everyone :)

    Here is my tweet:!/harleyquinn0887/status/56532294248308736

    My blog:
    (mentioned on the right hand sidebar)

    And my email:
    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  89. tearyeyedstars says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to read this book (:
    ejhtan at gmail dot com

  90. jmspettoli says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to read Red Glove!


    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  91. mendy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to read this book >.<

  92. Sugarplum says:

    Great Interview and giveaway!

    I really want to read this book! :D

  93. mbreakfield says:

    This series sounds really good. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  94. mbreakfield says:


  95. Sysha says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    rain_orchid11 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  96. Melanie L says:

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I have been wanting to read this book.


  97. Melanie L says:



  98. Linda @ Most Important Letter says:

    I love Holly's work! I will never tire of her Spiderwick Chronicles or her Curse Workers. :)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Linda @ Most Important Letter

  99. Linda @ Most Important Letter says:

    Here's my blog post!

    Linda @ Most Important Letter

  100. Dinda_SI says:

    Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    I love the over.


  101. Dinda_SI says:

    I tweeted this :


  102. Ronyka7 says:

    Love to win this book. Love Holly Black books.

  103. Brooke says:

    Thanks so much!


  104. my life with books -kjovus says:

    Thank you. :)

  105. my life with books -kjovus says:

    I tweeted at!/kjovus
    But I have only had my account going for a few days so I don't know if I posted the link correctly.

  106. Alison Miller says:

    Awesome! Consider me entered. :)

  107. d5e150b8-63e0-11e0-932b-000bcdcb471e says:

    I love holly black so much. i'm super excited every time i get one of her books

  108. Judit says:

    Thanks! I haven't read anything from Holly Black yet, but so many people loves White Cat!

    judittten at gmail dot com

  109. Zareen says:

    I haven't read any of Holly Black's books yet, but I'd love to start with White Cat! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :)

  110. Yani {AvidReader} says:

    nice thank you!

  111. Joely says:

    wicked! read this book and loved it! just havent gotten around to buy it so it would be awesome to win this! :)

  112. Joely says:

    tweeted at!/Bookluver1208

    thanks again for this awesome contest!

  113. fangirl_18 says:

    i would really like to read this book!
    jenny chen

  114. katklaw777 says:

    Great giveaway, thanks!
    katklaw777 at yahoo dot com

  115. Chi Kittie says:

    Thank u for this awesome giveaway. :)


  116. Chi Kittie says:

    I tweeted this giveaway here:!/SyCo4Twilight/status/57950905089277953


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