I am very happy to welcome Becca Fitzpatrick here today to talk about her debut Young Adult novel, Hush, Hush which will be released on October 13th. Crescendo is the sequel to Hush, Hush.
You can visit Becca at her website www.beccafitzpatrick.com
Hope you all enjoy the interview. Welcome Becca!
DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about the book and the sequel?
Becca: Hush, Hush is a dark and sexy story about a girl who falls for a fallen angel with a dark agenda to become human. Crescendo continues the story, and will focus on the trials Patch and Nora face, and will reveal the truth about what really happened the night Nora’s dad was murdered.
DFT: What motivated you to write Hush, Hush?
Becca: The very first inspiration for the story came from an experience in my own tenth-grade biology class. We must have been studying human reproduction, because my teacher asked me, in front of the whole class, to name characteristics I would be attracted to in a mate (I know!!) The experience always stuck with me, and when I sat down to write Hush, Hush, that little piece of my history evolved into an early scene in the book. From that point on, I think what motivated me to keep writing was the need to tell the story, and to tell it well.
DFT: Do you have a long-term plan or goal for this story universe? What happens after Crescendo?
Becca: I signed a two-book deal with my publisher, so I don’t know if there will be a third book. I hope so!
DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book, and why?
Becca: Definitely Vee. She reminds me of two of my childhood best friends – she’s quirky, abrasive and full of ideas, not all of them good.
DFT: What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
Becca: Right now I’m concentrating on Crescendo, but in the back of my mind, I do have another story developing that I hope to someday write!
DFT: If you could choose only one, which would you choose: for Hush, Hush to be award-winning, or for Hush, Hush to be bestselling? Why?
Becca: Wow, good question. Since I have no expectations for Hush, Hush to be award-winning, I guess I’ll have to default to bestselling. The most important thing to me is developing loyal readers who can’t wait to read my next book. That anticipation is what drives me to want to write the best story I can.
DFT: Why do you think there is the misconception that young adult books are not as deep or as complex as books for adults? What is your response to this misconception?
Becca: This is something I’ve only learned recently, but there are negative people in the world. People who like to break down, rather than build up. People who like to criticize over compliment. People who get a thrill out of making someone else feel inferior. My best advice? Ignore those people. Who cares what they think? Triumph over them with positivity, grace and love.
DFT: What books/genres do you read when you have the chance? Any must read authors or series?
Becca: I read YA, mystery and romantic suspense. I have many must-read authors, especially Diana Gabaldon, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sandra Brown and Suzanne Collins.
DFT: What is your definition of a “bad writing day”? How do you deal with bad writing days?
Becca: A bad writing day is a day when I don’t have time to write. I cope by “writing” in my head. Well that, and eating ice cream!
DFT: If you could be any paranormal creature. Which one would you be and why?
Becca: I’ve never been asked this question before, but I love it! I’d probably want to be a mermaid. Remember the movie SPLASH? Becoming a mermaid is an unresolved childhood dream of mine, and all because of that movie!
DFT: Thank you for being here today Becca and I can hardly wait for Crescendo.
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