Alright everyone! Today we have the lovely Hannah Carmack on the blog. She was one of the first authors that I have had the pleasure of working with. She is an amazing soul, such a joy to work with, and truly an inspiration.
Hannah is the author of Seven-Sided Spy and Take Your Medicine (links are at the bottom) and you can find my review of Take Your Medicine here.
She has agreed to be the guinea pig for my FIRST author interview. She was also my first Guest Post so I am so appreciative of her. I know I have said it a million times but I don’t think I can ever truly get my point across on that.
Without further ado, here is my interview with Hannah Carmack!
(Q): What inspired you to write Take You Medicine?
Hannah: The press I was working with at the time, Nine Star Press, put out a call for queer fairytale retellings. I had a bunch of ideas for a bunch of different fairytales -Bluebeard included,- but I’d just gotten done writing Seven-Sided Spy, which is a bit of a downer. So I decided to write the complete opposite, something blissful and full of happy.
(Q): How did you decide on the theme of Alice in Wonderland?
Hannah: I was hooked on the idea of the Queen of Hearts as a surgeon. It’d been in my mind for years, so when I finally saw a chance to use it, I jumped at it.
(Q): If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Hannah: I’d probably tell her to not doubt herself so much. I still get a bunch of anxiety and doubt about writing from time to time, but when I was a kid it was rampant.
(Q): As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Hannah: Probably some kind of spazzy bird. I am always working on my manuscript, whether it be brainstorming, daydreaming, or actually writing. I try to hit 1k a day and 5k on the weekends.
(Q): Was there a specific scene that did not make it in the final, published draft of Take Your Medicine that you wish hadn’t of been edit out?
Hannah: Surprisingly not! With Take Your Medicine being a novella there wasn’t any pressure to minimize the word count since it was already fairly short.
(Q): What was the hardest scene to write, either in Take Your Medicine or Seven-Sided Spy?
Hannah: I think in terms of technicality the opening chapter of Seven-Sided Spy has been worked on for years and years, and even in its published form I’m not happy with it. In terms of emotional difficulty I think a majority of the deaths in Seven-Sided Spy were hard on me, especially the first MAJOR death. You’ll know it when you see it.
(Q): Who is your favorite author, or any authors who are an inspiration to you and your work?
Hannah: I love M.T. Anderson. I think he is so versatile and funny in his writing, while also being incredibly smart. In terms of inspiration, I think a lot of the writing in The Wicked + The Divine helped define my college-writing years.
(Q): What advice do you have for writers who are struggling with their first novels?
Hannah: Get to work. Do nothing and nothing gets done.
About Hannah Carmack
Hannah Carmack is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University. She enjoys volunteer work and spends most of her time with the organization STEM Read, connecting authors and reluctant readers through hands-on STEM activities. Her debut novel Seven-Sided Spy was released January 2018.