Interview with Hannah Blanchsky

Who are your favorite authors?
J K Rowling, Agatha Christie, Roald Dahl, Christopher Moore, Isaac​ Asimov
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To experience the unknown, to imagine the impossible, and to seek out the mysteries of life. Also the thought of dogs, hugs, and a nice cup of tea
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch movies, run an Etsy page to raise money for charity, participate in marching band, read, and sortir avec mes amies (going out with my friends).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often through friend recommendations​, exploring the great wide web, and going to my local library.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Technically, no, since I suffer from amnesia and have no recollection of the past twelve years. I do know that the first story that received attention was 'Hope Springs Eternal', a short story I wrote in fourth grade.
What is your writing process?
Write like crazy, procrastinate, write like crazy, procrastinate​ and then walk, stare at the computer screen for an hour, then repeat the whole process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Again, because of my amnesia, I don't technically remember it. However, I do know that the first story I ever heard was Harry Potter. It was also the first chapter book series I read by myself, and is what inspired me to become an author.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers are my last step and is often heavily influenced by the genre and style of the story. For example, for science fiction stories, I try to go for a more minimalistic​ approach.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Harry Potter (because it's my childhood), the Phantom Tollbooth (because it has such a creative approach), the Princess Bride (because it's a classic), Psion Beta (because it's a complex blend of the best pieces of fiction), and the Complete Works of Shakespeare (because it's the foundation for so many movies and books today)
What do you read for pleasure?
Any fiction book that I can get my hands on. Although I do tend to avoid horror and romance novels, I have a vast respect for all forms of writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Preferably my tablet, although I'll read on anything as long as the font is good (for example, Times New Roman or Old Standard).
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Surprisingly, YouTube is what jump started my writing career on Wattpad, with over two thousand reads for one of my short stories.
Describe your desk
I don't use my desk for writing since it is home to my cornora typewriter from 1939.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Although I have lived a happy life in Colorado, most of my settings tend to be purely original or based off of other places I have been.
When did you first start writing?
I first started when I was eleven years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Heaven and Hell are in an uproar. After a mysterious force lets the Four Horsemen out of Hell, the oncoming Apocolypse seems inevitable. It is up to Anya and Ezekial, the outcasts of Heaven and Hell, and the mysterious Reapers to find the Horsemen and stop them before it is too late. With vivid characters and a riveting plot, Hannah Blanchsky's debut novel will leave readers breathless and spellbound.
Published 2016-07-17.
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