Today I've got the pleasure of having Gemma Halliday, author of Deadly Cool and Social Suicide, (and other adult novels too!) her to discuss all aspects of writing. Check out these "write" facts.
Gemma HallidayNovel: DEADLY COOL, SOCIAL SUICIDE
Agent: Holly Root
Other Authors repped by agent: Myra McEntire, Rae Carson, Rachel Hawkins & Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Harper Teen
Word Count: approx. 80,000
Describe your novel in five words: High school is a killer.
Favorite Word: Dude
Writing is like (fill in blank): awesome therapy or pulling teeth, depending on the day.
1) On a normal day, how many hours do you devote to writing?
Usually about 4.
2) Do you find it easier to develop characters or plot the story? Can you explain?
Plotting the story is something that I always do first, before I start a book. I generally stick pretty close to that plot. The characters, however, tend to develop as I write, so they come more naturally and change as I go on.
3) Can you tell us about The Call and why you chose your agent?
5) Any tips or tricks of the trade that you use during the editing process that you’d like to share?
I tend to edit as I go, so that by the time I type that last chapter, my manuscript is pretty much ready to go. My writing process is that I write as much as I can as fast as I can, just letting the words flow without worrying about spelling, typos, plot holes, etc. I do that until I find myself at a point where I’m not sure what happens next. Then I go back and edit that chunk, and through editing I usually get a clear picture where to go from there. Rinse and repeat until the book is finished, then I do one more quick read through before it’s done.
6) How many novels did you before you got published?
My first published book was the seventh novel I wrote.
7) What is your best piece of advice for aspiring authors?
Keep writing! Don’t get bogged down in endless rounds of edits and revising and don’t get discouraged by rejection. Just move on to the next project and keep writing. The more you write, the better you’ll get, guaranteed.
Bonus Question: Hartley and Sam are the best partners in crime. Which other pair of best friends from a YA novel do you think they would get along with?
Now we have to learn a little about Deadly Cool and Social Suicide so I asked a question!
I want to thank Gemma Halliday for stopping by the blog to chat about all things writing! Next week's author is debut author Jodi Meadows!