Today I'm hosting author Hannah Moskowitz as part of the A History of Glitter and Blood bog tour. I became a fan of Hannah's books when I first read her YA contemporary Invincible Summer and then Gone, Gone, Gone. I have several of her books in my TBR pile and I've just added A History of Glitter and Blood to it. Check out my interview with Hannah, read an excerpt from her new book, and then enter for a chance to win a copy.
What are some of the books that made you fall in love with reading and writing?
I read Tuck Everlasting when I was eight, and I remember reading the first few pages over and over again, particularly the line about how the dog days of summer were like being paused on top of a Ferris wheel, and just really having a love affair with words for the first time. I also have a huge amount of affection for Andrew Clements's The School Story, which taught me all about how publishing works. I read it in fifth grade and my best friend (who's still my best friend!) and I immediately started scheming about how we were going to get our books published.
And I have to give a shout out to Bears on Wheels, because that's the first book I read on my own, after my sister taught me to read.
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Get distance from your book. Sometimes this means actually putting time between yourself and the last draft, but for me a lot of the time it just means being able to take a figurative step back and try to see the book as a whole and not as a bunch of paragraphs, or scenes, or chapters. You have to get a sense of what the whole book looks like in its current form before you can tell what needs to be changed.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Stop calling yourself "aspiring." You're writing. You're a writer.
Tell me 5 things about yourself.
- I'm an ex-opera singer.
- I always have bruises on me because I think walls and corners are suggestions.
- I run a pretty popular chronic illness humor tumblr.
- I'm a redhead, as of yesterday.
- I am unbelievable at pig latin.
Thanks for sharing!
A History of Glitter and Blood
By Hannah Moskowitz
Ages 14 and up
Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected. This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.
(link to Scribd.)
About Hannah Moskowitz
Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. First published at sixteen, she is the author of two middle grade and six young adult novels. Her books have received starred reviews, landed a spot on the ALA’s Rainbow Book List, and received a Stonewall Honor. Hannah lives in New York City.
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