Wednesday, March 3, 2010

HEX HALL~ Rachel Hawkins Interview & T-Shirt Giveaway!!

Yay!! I was granted an interview with Rachel Hawkins, debut author of HEX HALL. (the awesome book I reviewed yesterday!)
After the interview, stick around to read how you can win a HEX HALL t-shirt!
Here goes:
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few of my burning questions about HEX HALL. 

After reading some of your blog, I get the idea that this book was originally called Demonglass. What made you change the title?

As cool as I thought the word "demonglass" is (and let's face it- that is an AWESOME WORD!), my editor and I both felt like it was a little too dark for a book that contains so much of The Silly!

What was the original idea that inspired Hex Hall?

There really wasn't one idea. It was more a combination of things. I was teaching high school, so I knew I wanted to write about teenagers. I also had a lifelong love for Southern Gothic, as well as boarding school stories. Once all three of those things started brewing in my brain, Hex Hall was born!

I read somewhere that the word Prodigium was a sign about the future that came from the gods. (former English teacher here too.) What is your process for coming up with such great names with significant meanings? (Hecate=also cool)

In the first draft, I just called all the magical creatures in the book "monsters." But this really bugged my husband, so he said I should find a better word! Like all students of English literature, I knew that when in doubt, go Latin. ;-) So I looked up the Latin word for monster, and lo and behold, it was prodigy! (Which is kind of scary when you think about it!) As for Hecate, she was the Greek goddess not only of witchcraft, but also of the crossroads. I couldn't ask for a better symbol!

This will be a series, right? (fingers crossed) I've grown really attached to Sophie, Jenna and even Archer (I’m wishful that he’ll be redeemed somehow in the next book).

It is! Hex Hall is the first of 3 books about Sophie and all her magical adventures! And don't worry, we're not done with Archer just yet!

Yay for that~ (Glad to hear about Archer too).

What are some of the biggest changes in your life now that you’re a full-time writer?

The biggest change is that I no longer have to wear pants to work, haha! And then of course there are things like self-employment taxes and paying for health care. But I also get to play with people who live inside my head, and that sure beats grading essays!

Great answer! Who are some of your favorite authors?

In YA, I LOVE Kristin Cashore, Suzanne Collins, Cassandra Clare, and Sarah Dessen. As for adult writers, I'm a big fan of George R.R. Martin, Jacqueline Carey, Thomas Hardy, Philippa Gregory, and Lev Grossman.

And finally, a totally random, but important question: Do you watch Supernatural, because a few phrases in Hex Hall reminded me of the show? (It’s my total favorite, by the way.)

I do watch it! My husband and I wait for it to come out on DVD so we can watch the season’s marathon sessions!

Thanks so much! I wish many more successful books for you!

To read more about Rachel Hawkins, check out her blog here.

Now for the HEX HALL T-Shirts!!Since you've read my review & realize what an awesome book HEX HALL is, you ALL want one of these beyond cool shirts, right!?
This your lucky day! I'll be giving one away. All you have to do is answer this one question in the comments section. Then, I'll pick one lucky person with my random number generator. OR YOU CAN EMAIL ME - view my profile to get my email address.

 Ready...Set...Here it is:
If you could be a one type of Prodigum for a few days just to check it out & play around, which would you pick? Faerie, Witch (or Warlock if you're male), Shapeshifter or Vampire. And tell us why you would pick that particular one to try on, please. Okay...go!
I will pick a winner by Wednesday, March 10th.(EXTENDED THE DATE due to comment posting issues) GOOD LUCK!