Authors are Rockstars! Just Another Rabid Reader Interviews AMANDA HOCKING!!!!!! (and a surprise giveawway!)

Authors Are Rockstars

 

Oh.  My.  Gosh!  I was so excited to sign up to be a part of this, and then even more excited to get chosen for my first choice, Amanda Hocking.  I am not going to lie.  I had major, complete and total fangirl moments many days since receiving the email.  It happens that I received a copy of Lullaby in the mail the same day as I got this email, and my copy of Lullaby came signed from The Book Depository.  Ask my husband, I was dorked out for the whole day.

For anyone who has not read this author’s work and doesn’t understand, I point you to the facts as to why I think Amanda Hocking is a total rockstar.  Let’s see.  Amazing storytelling abilities.  Once of the first Young Adult novels I read as an adult was the Trylle series, and I was so completely sucked in that I bought copies for like 5 different people, including a woman in her 70s who loves fantasy and has become enthralled with the series as well.

The other thing is that Amanda Hocking has sort of the Cinderella story in publishing.  She started out self publishing her books, an then along the way got picked up by a major publisher and has quickly become a widely popular an well known author.  Amanda’s books transcend age lines because everyone finds something that they can relate to and enjoy in them.  In talking about the upcoming event, I only had one friend who didn’t know who she was, and that friend basically lives under a rock in regards to the literary world.

As a writer myself, I am inspired by this young woman every day because it tells me that my dreams are reachable, even if the path I take to get there is not the one I had originally planned and that anything is possible.

So that, there is why I absolutely adore Amanda Hocking and why I think she very deservedly is a rockstar author!

And now, I got the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing her, so that we could all get a glimpse inside her head and see what makes her tick!  I sent off a list of many questions and asked that she answer at least 5 of them.  She did way better than that, so here we

Let’s Start with a few fun ones:JARR Asks:  Which version of vampires do you like better : True Blood (Based on Charlaine Harris’ novels) or Twilight?

AH:  True Blood. I like my vampire stories with a bit more blood.

 

JARR says:  Me too!  I was enthralled with Twilight, but when I found True Blood, I was like, “This is what vampires are supposed to be

 

JARR Asks:  I noticed you mention Red Bull on your Blog.  Regular or Sugar Free?

AH:  I actually really like the Red Bull Zero.

 

JARR Says:  I am a Red Bull purist, although I have found I do like the cranberry flavored one that is out now.

JARR Asks:  White, Dark, or Regular chocolate?

AH:  Dark.

 

Okay, and now that we are all warmed up, let’s get into the meat of thngs!

JARR Asks:  What do you do when you are not writing?

AH:  I am a fairly boring person, and I always think that I should come up with more exciting hobbies so I can answer questions like these. I read, watch a lot of movies, play video games, and hang out with friends. I also have a dog and three cats that keep me pretty busy.

 

JARR Says:  Oh, nothing wrong with those hobbies.  They are pretty much all I do.  I work, I write, I read.  I play on Steam.  That is about the extent of it.

JARR Asks:  Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write?  Who and how/why?

AH:  My family was always very supportive of my writing, and I think that I’m constantly influenced by everyone and everything. That sounds like a glib answer, but it’s true. My inspirations come from everywhere.

JARR ASKS:  When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

AH:  I started writing as soon as I could write. It was something that I literally always did and always wanted to do. I finished my first novel when I was seventeen (which would be in 2002), and it wasn’t very good.

JARR Asks:  How did you choose the genre you write in?

AH:  It was a genre that I’d always enjoyed. I especially loved horror and fantasy when I was growing up, but the YA market wasn’t quite what it is today. It’s really exploded in the last decade. I also think I’m still basically a kid, and that’s what draws me to the YA genre. It’s fun to read and it’s fun to write.

 

JARR says:  I feel the same way.  I feel like sometimes the story just takes over and the characters and the genre choose me.

JARR Asks:   Where do you get your ideas?

AH:  Everywhere. That sounds overly simplistic, but it’s true. I also draw heavily on various mythology. I was really into the different myths and monsters of different cultures when I was a kid, and I think that I still incorporate that into my stories.

 

JARR Asks:  Do you work with an outline, or just write?

AH:  I always outline. It makes it so much easier and faster to write.

 

JARR Says:  I really, really need to learn to

 

JARR Asks:  Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

AH:  When I was kid, the authors that I read the most were Judy Blume and Stephen King, and considering I write young adult romance infused with monsters and horror, I can definitely see their influence.

 

JARR says:  Omigosh!  I love both of those authors.  I read my first King work when I was about 10 years old.  Totally creepy and I just could not get enough!

JARR Asks:  If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

AH:  Not at all. Everything needed to happen the way it did for things to work out this way, and I couldn’t be happier about where things are now.

JARR Asks:  Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

AH:  No. I had the advantage of starting out self-publishing, so I could literally publish anything I wanted. There were some books that I thought I wanted to publish, but then I went back and re-read them and realized they were terrible. But I always figure that if I write something, and it’s good, it’ll find a place.

 

JARR says:  This is precisely why I will self publish my work.  I prefer to be able to have that kind of control and if it feels like it is good enough to go out, I get to decide that.  Of course, then people can just not read it and I shall feel the sting of the epic fail.  <sigh>

 

JARR ASKS:  Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

AH:  There are definitely things that draw from my real life, but nothing in my books is really biographical. It’s usually little things or nods to pop culture that I enjoy. (For instance, I mention the movie Jaws in almost every one of my series, because it’s one of my favorite movies).

 

JARR Asks:  What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

AH:  With Elegy, there were a lot of favorite parts. But I think especially the last quarter of the book was fun. It’s the end of the series, so everything has been building up to this big finale, and it was fun putting it all together.

 

JARR says:  I am so looking forward to reading this.  I have a shiny copy in hardcover sitting on my shelf just waiting for me!

 

JARR asks:  Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

AH:  Oh, yeah, definitely. In the Watersong series, there were a couple characters that I fell in love with, and I’d love to see them in appear in other books. I’m not sure if they will, but they were so much fun to write, it’s sad to let them go.

 

JARR says:  Part of me wants to ask which ones, but really, I know better.

JARR Asks:  Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

AH:  I would just like to thank everyone for sticking with me for so long, and I hope that fans of the Watersong series enjoy the conclusion in Elegy.

 

On behalf of readers everywhere, let me just say an emphatic thank you for writing such amazing novels for us to immerse ourselves in and get lost in.

Some links to my reviews of some of Amanda Hocking’s books:

Review: Wake by Amanda Hocking

Review: Ascend, Book 3 of the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Just Another Rabid Reader Reviews Torn, Book 2 of the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

And of course, you should definitely check out Amanda Hocking’s Blog

 

Well there you have it my friends!  Amanda Hocking.  I am still shocked that she took the time to answer my questions and I am trying not to get tooo excited about it.

 

But wait, there is more.  Didn’t you see the surprise in the title?  Yep!  I have a lovely giveaway to offer.  And there will be 2 winners.  And you have until the end of the month to get entered into this one, and 2 people will get to pick a print version of any book in The Watersong series.  And, and, and, it is INTERNATIONAL!!!!!!!!

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99 thoughts on “Authors are Rockstars! Just Another Rabid Reader Interviews AMANDA HOCKING!!!!!! (and a surprise giveawway!)

    • Andrea thanks for stopping by and entering! I have read the first book and started on the second, and have the third and fourth here to read, but I just love everything this author has put out so far!

  1. I LOVE AMANDA HOCKING! This interview is amazing! I have only read her Hollow’s series and need book 3 more than I need oxygen. I am listening to is on audio now (LOVE IT)!!

    Thank you so much for an amazing interview and the chance to win her other books!

    • And thank you for stopping by and commenting! Sorry my comment system was such a bear today. There has been a great deal of traffic and sometimes it just gets confused!

    • I have only read the first book of Watersong so far, but I have the other three here to read if I can get through this massive review pile.

    • I agree. It is truly a Cinderella story to have started out self publishing and to be able to have a big publisher pick you up like that.

    • Definitely! I am just inspired by the fact that she had so much success self publishing that she was able to go the traditional route after that.

  2. Great interview! Love how she is just like everybody else. I have never read any of her books, but just by how she answered the questions, I think I’ll give her a try. 🙂

    • Yes, some authors forget that they are just people and get all full of the fame, and Amanda is not like that at all and I think that is awesome! And you really should read her books. You won’t be sorry!

  3. I’ve been wanting to read this series for the longest time! It’s really impressive that she was able to be successful in both the self-pub and mass marketing industries!

    • I agree. She is an inspiration to those of us out here still trying to get our words into the hands of others. She inspires me because I can see that it can be done.

  4. I’ve only read one of her books so far but have been anxious to read this series (as well as finish the other lol). Thank you so much!

  5. Great post! I haven’t read Amanda Hocking’s books yet but I have read so many good reviews about her books.
    The Trylle series sounds amazing, thank you for the chance!

    • I had just started reading this series when I got the email that I was going to get to interview her and I went into total dork mode. I adore her books!

    • Thanks for stopping by! And more and more, dreams are within our reach, for all of us, regardless of the dream. For me, the dream is to write and have people read what is in my head and enjoy my stories. Self publishing and digital publishing have made that reality an even bigger possibility.

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  7. I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a book by Amanda Hocking.
    I have never read any of her books
    but i enjoy reading and discovering new authors.
    Thank you for making this an international giveaway!!!!!!!!!

  8. I’d absolutely love to get my hands on one of the books in the Watersong series! I’ve been dying to read this forever!! Thanks so much for the giveaway 😀

    • I have only read the first one of this series so far. I have not read My Blood Approves yet, but Adored the Trylle series!

  9. Great post!! Amanda Hocking is a wonderful author 🙂 I have read Wake and have Lullaby and Tidal on my shelves and can’t wait to start them! Thank you for the fun interview and giveaway!!!

    • I have read Wake. I have the rest on my shelf to read and I am just soooo behind! I am almost afraid to get to Elegy though because I hate when series end!

  10. I LOVED the Trylle trilogy and was so sad when it ended, but I haven;t had the chance to read any Watersong books. Needless to say, I think Amanda Hocking is a total rock star!!!!

    • I felt the same way. I have heard rumblings that there is a sort of spin off series coming with some characters from Trylle.

  11. I LOVE Amanda Hocking! The Trylle Trilogy aka my love of Loki, My Blood Approves aka my love of Jack, Hollowland aka my love of Lazlo, The Waterson series aka my love of Alex! Great books and romances!

    • I love Alex! Although I think in Trylle, my favorite is Rhys. I don’t know why. I have yet to read My Blood Approves. I think I better correct that.

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