Author Interview: Becca Fitzpatrick

April 26, 2010

Becca Fitzpatrick is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novel, Hush, Hush. Her debut novel is one of the best I have read and I have had the pleasure of speaking with her through email several times. Just like Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick is an amazing person and I am so excited to present this interview. I hope you all enjoy reading the answers!

If you had to describe your writing in three to five words, how would you do so?

Sexy, suspenseful, twisty.

What is the toughest part of being a writer? The best?

Oh, wow, it changes day to day! Right now, having just finished up some pretty heavy edits on CRESCENDO, I would say pressure is the hardest part about writing. There is a time in every writer’s life when we switch from writing for ourselves, to writing for an audience. It can be quite intimidating having to think about meeting thousands of other people’s expectations. This past month, every time I sat down to write, there was one thought at the forefront of my mind: There are so many people anticipating CRESCENDO, and I wanted to make sure it’s as good, if not better, than HUSH, HUSH. On the other hand, there are a lot of best parts to being a writer. Hanging out in a bathrobe all day, doing what I love more than anything else, getting fanmail, bringing characters I love to life and sharing them with other people, holding a finished book in my hands…

What has the touring experience been like?

Touring was surprisingly fun! I had nightmares about it in the weeks leading up to the tour, but I’m happy to say, none of them came to pass. I also had the wonderful opportunity of touring with fellow YA author, Lisa McMann. She’s a very witty woman, and kept our audiences rapt. That made my job a lot easier! I just sat back and enjoyed the experience. Well, okay, Lisa did make me work a little bit…but it really felt more like a fun vacation than work! And I had no idea so many fans would bring me gifts. Really. HUSH, HUSH inspired jewelry, tees, stationary, poems, artwork…it blew me away. I really do have the best fans in the world.

What can readers expect from Crescendo?

I was going to be all covert, and give a few little clues, then decided it might be easier just to post the summary, ha! So here it is:

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can’t figure out if it’s for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she
becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn’t answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Was the writing process different than when you wrote Hush, Hush?

Yes! It was condensed! I think my ideal time frame for writing a book is about five years. With HUSH, HUSH, I got my full five years. With CRESCENDO, I had one. It was a bit of a challenge forcing my creativity to work under a deadline. But as they say, practice makes perfect.

When the Hush, Hush series is finished, what would you like to work on?

I have a YA historical romance I’d really like to write. Adventure! Romance! Danger! You get the point.

What has it been like working with Simon and Schuster?

Out of this world. My team at S&S is unbelievable. They’ve done so many extraordinary promotional things…including scheduling a live reveal of CRESCENDO’s cover for April 10th. The cover reveal will take place over the course of several hours as Laurie Maves, a chalk artist from Denver, draws the Crescendo cover. I’ll be in Denver for the Teen Lit Festival and can’t wait to see it! For everyone not in Denver on April 10, will have live video coverage.

What are three things your readers may not know about you?

Hmm. Well, in elementary school, I held the city record for consecutive jumps with a jump rope. I don’t remember the exact number. I DO remember that I finally quit jumping because I had to pee! My favorite food is ice cream, but I don’t have a favorite flavor. I buy a new flavor every week to keep things interesting and broaden my horizons. Finally, my favorite ski resort is Grand Targhee in the Tetons.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Yes! Keep a journal and write in it daily. You never know when your own experiences will trigger a story. Try writing by the seat of your pants, and if that doesn’t work, try outlining. Never be afraid to try new methods. Finally, read. It’s brain candy!

(author image taken from Becca Fitzpatrick’s official website)
(cover images taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)

Don’t forget to check out the reveal of the cover for Crescendo on April 10th on! By the way, Fallen Archangel is an amazing fansite for the Hush, Hush series, so please go visit the site!

*I’m sorry that some of the information is a little outdated. I’ve had this interview ready to post for a little bit, but was waiting to actually do so. Nonetheless, I hope everyone enjoys reading it*

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