YAuthor Talk: Rosamund Hodge

January 27, 2014 2014, author interview, tonya 32

by tonya
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YAuthor Talk is a monthly feature where we ask our favorite authors 5 random questions just for fun! Join us for bookish musings, crazy tangential conversations, and more. This month we’re featuring Rosamund Hodge, whose debut Cruel Beauty–out tomorrow, 1/28!–Kate called “an exquisitely crafted retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche.”

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1. If you could be any YA hero/heroine, who would you be and why?

I don’t know, most YA heroines have interesting and therefore pretty terrible lives. (Recently I saw a t-shirt that said “I’d rather be Katniss.” NO. NO, YOU WOULDN’T.)

But if I was unavoidably destined for a lifetime of trouble, I might pick Reyna from Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. Who is not technically a heroine, since she’s not one of the main characters. But she is pretty awesomely heroic. Her life is tough; she’s lonely, not (yet?) part of the main characters’ circle of friends. But she’s stubborn and prickly and honorable and brave, and oh yeah, badass enough to head off on a journey alone that the main characters only undertake with a full team.

Secondary characters often seem to exist only for the convenience of the heroes or the plot. Reyna has goals and principles that are all her own, and she doesn’t care what you think or whether she’ll ever get any POV scenes. She’s too busy being awesome.

2. Which book most recently made you think, “ugghhhh I wish I’d written this”?

Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow. Beautiful, creepy, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and mythic.

3. Which book are you most looking forward to?

I’m reluctant to say there’s one I’m “most” looking forward to, because there are a lot of books that I want to read very much! But to pick just one off the list: I am very excited about The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I enjoyed her Legend trilogy a lot, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does with high fantasy.

4. Which YA book do you wish had been around when you were a teenager?

Can I just say “all of them”? Can I also just wish that I had all the YA novels from the next 20 years available right now? Because there are never enough books.

 5. Which book would be your main character’s favorite?

Nyx would regard any YA novel as a frivolous distraction. She has no time! She is preparing to DIE WITH HONOR! …But she might have a very guilty fondness for The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whelan Turner. Not only does the novel have some grim situations that would speak to her own life, but she would secretly love reading about the ruthless, angry, independent Attolia.


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15839984Rosamund Hodge grew up as a homeschooler in Los Angeles, where she spent her time reading everything she could lay hands on, but especially fantasy and mythology. She got a BA in English from the University of Dallas and an MSt in Medieval English from Oxford, and she now lives in Seattle with seven toy cats and a plush Cthulhu.

The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny.

But on her seventeenth birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is as she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband.

Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.

For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Join us next month for YAuthor Talk with Katja Millay, author of TMG favorite Sea of Tranquility!


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32 Responses to “YAuthor Talk: Rosamund Hodge”

  1. Tina

    Cruel beauty was so amazing! I loved Nyx with her wicked side, and her desires for revenge, one of best MC that I’ve ever read about. And Ignifex… WoW, I’m in love with this man. Their romance was so perfect…
    I’m a huge fan of retellings, and this one was a mixture of all my favourite fairy tales (Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin…) with some Greek mythology.
    I read the entire book in two days and I enjoyed every page.

    Great review!
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  2. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    Haha, totally agree on thr Katniss thing. I appreciate her bravery and whatnot, but SHE could be in the Hunger Games, I’ll just watch from a safe distance. Also, the author she sounds so nice and quirky. I loved her response for the YA hero or Heroine thing. I also admire Reyna for being such an awesome character. Great interview! Can’t wait to see the Kayja Millay one.
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  3. Summer/Sunny

    HAHA. I laughed when she mentioned the Katniss t-shirt. So true. Um, most YA heroines have such difficulty so NO THANK YOU. Also, those people are liars. I’d die of panic before I could even get to the arena and experience steaminess with Peeta. Great interview, I love the book suggestions I got out of it too :)
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  4. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    I want to read this book so bad! (Just enhanced but the fact that the author’s bio says she was a homeschooler! Woot! So was I. ;) I wouldn’t want to be Katniss either, though I greatly admire her. Well said! Gosh, who’d want to be in the arena once…and she got in twice. *shudders*
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  5. Pili

    Great interview!
    I can understand admiring Katniss and thinking she’d be a great role model in some respects cause she’s strong and trying to do what’s best and protecting her loved ones… but who in their right mind would want to have to kill other beings for survival on live TV?? PTSD is no walk in the park and something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, even less myself!!
    I admire many characters, but I don’t think I’d want to be in their place!
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  6. Tabitha the Pabkins

    YES YES YES! I’m so excited that she loved Erin Bow’s Sorrow’s Knot! I have read two books by her now and seriously enjoyed both…I love how dark and creepy she gets but still manages to be uplifting. Its as if she writes life as it really is no sugar coating but adds in that fantasy element that makes it exquisite!

    I’m aching to read your book by the way and I loved these questions. Now I have to go check out the next Marie Lu book.
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    • tonya

      I agree… maybe a YA heroine in a contemporary novel, but I’d need to be made of sterner stuff to get through most YA worlds.

    • tonya

      Agree! Like, maybe I would like to be Scarlet and make out with Wolf, but not so much the fighting werewolf mutations, etc.

    • tonya

      Oh gosh, it would be lovely to be Anne Shirley… sometimes. I might die of mortification 20 times over in the process, though.

  7. Wendy Darling

    I am reaaaaaallly looking forward to Young Elites as well–and it’s so true, Katniss is a fantastic heroine, but I would never want to be her, either! As heroic as it would be to imagine myself in her shoes, I’m much more likely to be found swanning around the Capitol stuffing myself silly.

    • tonya

      Haha, seriously. I’d be the stupid girl getting killed on the first night because I just couldn’t stand the cold any longer.

  8. Andria Buchanan

    Wow, who would want to fight to the death in an arena? I’d rather be one of those safe, warm, well fed characters on the sidelines thanks. Hopefully reading this book because it sounds fab.

    • tonya

      I’m pretty sure I would only be able to survive in a contemporary YA novel where the biggest danger was choosing the wrong boy.

  9. Jenni

    LOL The shirt that said “I would rather be Katniss” who would want that?!?! Neat new feature ladies! I also can’t wait for the new Marie Lu. I still need to read Champion but I loved the first two books in the series.
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    • tonya

      I’ve never seen the shirt, but that just seems ludicrous. I’ve not read the Legend series (I can feel Wendy’s side-eye), but I know I need to get to them as everyone seems to love. Her Young Elites series sounds amazing, though.

  10. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I admire Katniss as a character, but I also wouldn’t like to be her! I would probably end up picking a secondary character too. I don’t have to be in the spotlight.

    Never enough books, that is so true. I wish I knew about YA books when I was younger.

    I definitely see Nyx reading Queen of Attolia. I think she would really understand the struggle of Attolia and the political touch.

    Fun interview, thanks for sharing :D
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    • tonya

      I’d like to have elements of Katniss’ character; her bravery, her mercy, her ruthlessness… but don’t particularly want to go through everything she did to acquire those attributes. ;)

    • tonya

      Rosamund gives great interview! I can’t wait to read Cruel Beauty after her answers and Kate’s review.

  11. Bethzaida (bookittyblog)

    YES!! Reyna is pretty kick-ass! Also, YES to The Queen of Attolia! That was my favorite book in the series! I can’t wait to read Cruel Beauty. I’ve heard so many great things about it! Awesome interview, guys!
    P.S. If you loved The Queen’s Thief series try the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. GAH! So good!!
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    • tonya

      well I suppose conversely, that means I should read The Queen’s Thief series since The Lumatere Chronicles is one of my absolute favorite fantasy series. Thank you!