Today, I’m introducing a book that has captured my heart while making me laugh, MISS MAYHEM by Rachel Hawkins! Read on for to see my interview with Rachel Hawkins and learn why I completely adore Rachel and all her books!
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Silver #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her…or make her more powerful than ever.
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins is sassier than ever in this page-turning sugar rush of a story that’s perfect for fans of Buffy and Veronica Mars.
Interview with Rachel Hawkins
1. Hi Rachel! First of all, I absolutely adore your books and you! Can you tell us something we don’t know about you, something we won’t discover from a simple Google search?
I used to write a LOT of Doctor Who Fanfic (there was kissing in it, and I am NOT ASHAMED.)
2. In Rebel Belle, there is a supernatural creature called the Paladin. Are they actually real mythical creatures you’ve researched about or are they your own creations?
Paladin is a real term for a type of knight (and it’s used a lot in things like Dungeons and Dragons, a fact that horrifies Harper!) Now, they’re not usually Super Powered Up like Harper is, so I definitely played fast and loose with a real term, but such is the fun of writing!
3. In Rebel Belle, Harper, a female character, plays a role guys in books, television shows, and the movies usually plays [i.e. her being a protector]. What prompted you to switch the gender roles around?
I honestly believe that 99% of the time, things are better when you genderflip them. It’s a writing exercise I sometime do with school groups, asking them to re-tell a familiar story with the genders swapped. Doing that makes us look at the familiar in new ways, makes us really explore WHY we think of gender roles like we do. Plus it’s just FUN. :)
4. Your books always have the perfect amount of humor, sass, and snark and in Rebel Belle, it was no different. How do you know when you have the right amount of humor, sass, and snark in your books?
I’ll be honest, sometimes there is TOO MUCH humor, and my editors are like, “Whoa, girl, pull back now.” ;) But balancing humor, sass, and snark is my favorite part of writing my books, so I don’t make a concerted effort to mix it in. If I’m lucky, it just shows up!
5. Are there any parts in Rebel Belle or Miss Mayhem where you just stopped writing and was oh my god – I can’t believe I just wrote this?
The Shoe Murder in Rebel Belle is something I STILL can’t believe I got away with, and there’s a fight scene at a pageant in Miss Mayhem that I giggled all the way through writing.