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!
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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!
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