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.”
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.
Rosamund 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!