Today I welcome Hannah Carmack to the blog to answer a few questions for Author Interview³.
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
• My last release Seven-Sided Spy started as a comic! That first page is forever hidden in the depths of my hard drive.
• Although fiction is my passion, my first five publications were in poetry!
• I collect art of my characters. There’s a limited selection up on my site, but my walls are COVERED in art from my projects.
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
Lingering, Campy, and Thoughtful.
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
The Uncanny X-Men had a huge influence on my writing as a kid. When I got to high school it was John Connolly all the way. Then, as I hit the audio-book era Jenny Lawson reigned supreme.
4) Share your 3 favourite books
You may not be surprised to see that my literary influences line up with a lot of my favorite books.
• John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things
• Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy
• Benjamine Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
A laptop. Writing by hand KILLS me slowly because my penmanship is so sloppy.
A word processor. Laptop won’t do much good without it.
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
Normally, I’ll write in my bed like a gremlin who only leaves their room for food. BUT, on occasion I go to the library and get a study room to work in or drive to a park and do some jotting on my phone.
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
• I mean film option/adaptation is assumed right? I feel like every writer wants their work on the screen.
• I’d love to work with my fav authors like Adam Silvera, Jenny Lawson, Adele Griffin. The list goes on and on.
• I’d love to write a Steampunk novel. Everyone tells me it’s a bad idea and they’re not selling, but I would just love to write one.
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
• Don’t give up!
• Develop thick skin!
• Get writing!
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
I have a big year ahead of me! I am currently working on a duology, book one of which is in the hands of my editor. After the sequel to that is finished up I’ll be diving into a YA project that may or may not take a lot of time depending on agent interest. Then, I want to finish the year up with a Christmas sci-fi story I’ve been brewing up, but let’s see where the year takes us!
10) Tell us about your latest release
My latest release is Seven-Sided Spy. This cold war romp is about two fatale female agents who undergo drastic, illegal surgery and come out horribly deformed and unable to re-enter the glamorous world of espionage. It’s a bit of a mystery, a bit of a thriller, and a whole lotta fun.
15 January 2018
75800 words / 202 pages
In the midst of the cold war, the CIA’s finest and most fatal female agent, Diana Riley, vanishes. Kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the backcountry of North Carolina, she and her team of unsavory partners are forced to undergo illegal experimentation.
But, when the experiments leave them horribly deformed and unable to reenter society without someone crying monster, the previously glamorous and high-maintenance spies must escape KGB captivity and avoid recapture at the hands of Nikola, a ruthless KGB agent with an intense and well-justified grudge against her former flame.
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.