Author Interview: Nina Malkin (Swoon and Swear)

December 9, 2011

self-portrait drawn by Nina!

I am pleased to welcome the lovely Nina Malkin, author of the Swoon series, to the site today. In addition to talking about her writing, I’m also giving away one copy of Swoon and one copy of Swear, both of which are signed. Details are below the interview 🙂 

Who or what inspired you to be a writer?

I was born this way. Like with a vestigial tail…

Do you ever find writing “hard”?

Nah. Writing is a biological function for me — it’s got to come out. Editing, now that’s hard!

Where did the idea for the Swoon series originate?

Boom, out of nowhere, I stumbled on the concept of the spirit of a boy from the past possessing the body of a girl in the present. It just sort of stewed awhile. Then, I had to deal with a heavy-duty betrayal in my own life, and that ignited the theme of Swoon.
What has the writing process been like for the series? Do you have the whole series mapped out?

Mapped out?! No way! One of the reasons I love what I do is that I’m just as eager to find out what’s going to happen as the reader.

What has been your favorite part about working on the series?

It’s a trifecta.  The things I love best in stuff I read is what I aspire to when I write: Plot. Character. Language. I want an intriguing story, remarkable people and a creative way with words.

Do you know what you’ll work on after Swoon?

I split my time between journalism, teaching and writing fiction, so my “next” is always in progress — and in flux.
If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would it be and why?

I’d hang out with the pigeon from those little kids’ books by Mo Willems. Because the pigeon just wants to do what he wants to do — always interesting stuff, like driving a bus or staying up late — and there’s just no stopping him. What a pigeon!
Do you have any writing quirks?

I do my best work with a cat on my lap.
What are three to five things your readers may not know about you?

Ooh, I can’t even think of one. I’m a pretty open book…


Giveaway time! One lucky winner will win signed copies of both Swoon and Swear! Contest is only open to US residents (sorry!) and will end at 12 AM on Dec. 16th. To enter, fill out the form below. Good luck!

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    Jamie Manning
    December 13, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Excellent interview! I love that she says writing is easy and the editing is what’s hard–so true!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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