Interview with Kris Haas

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm going to cheat a bit and use two individual books and three series-I can't choose just one book from the series!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I love the whole Death thing. It helps set this one apart from other WWII books. Plus this isn't a story about the war, but a story about a German girl who just happens to be living through WWII.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: it's a WWII story about a spy and a pilot-but both are girls. You don't see that a lot. And it's not a romance, but rather a book about friendship and girls helping girls.
The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: it's clever. You get so caught up in the stories and then you take a step back and realize it's all politics of running nations. Plus Gen is snarky and I'm all for that.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater: not going to lie, I dissociated all through the first book. And not in a good "I'm so into this" way, either. But then I checked back into reality and got my shit together and really fell in love. The characters are so human.
All For the Game by Nora Sakavic: once again, in the interest of truth, I didn't like The Foxhole Court the first time I read it. But then I had to know what happened next so I kept reading and fell in love. Like TRC, the characters are human. They have flaws and good things and more flaws, but they figure out how to push their individual broken pieces together and be a kickass team.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really like historical fiction, but not so much romance that just happens to be in a historical setting. I like things where the history is a character itself, if that makes sense. Where the events going on around the characters shape and make them. I also like fantasy, both urban fantasy and high fantasy. Bordertown and Lord of the Rings.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle. It's old and the screen is starting to act up, but I love it anyway. It's so convenient, especially for a student-I can just throw it in my bag and have an entire library, instead of trying to cart around a giant book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
When I was in high school I was heavily involved at the library, so I received a lot of ARCs, which I would then recommend to friends if I enjoyed them. But, honestly, the way I've come across most of my favorites has been Tumblr.
Describe your desk
I actually do not use a desk. I like being able to spread out or curl up as the mood strikes me, so I do a lot of writing (and schoolwork) on my bed or my couch. It depends on who else is home and my mood.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm from a small town near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It's a great place to grow up, a great place to raise a family, but nothing happens there and pretty much everyone is of more or less the same demographic. It made me want to read adventures with people who weren't like the ones I saw every day, so that's turned into what I write as well.
When did you first start writing?
I actually don't remember. I do know that when I was in fifth grade we had to write tall tales for an assignment and mine was the longest in the class, but I'm really not sure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to share what's in my head-getting it out of my head and onto the paper where more people can see and (hopefully) enjoy it. I also really like getting to either build my own world or shape the real one into something different.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a big Tolkien fan. I also really like Maggie Stiefvater, Nora Sakavic, Elizabeth Wein, and Megan Whalen Turner.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I'm being 100% honest, usually my bladder. Ha, no, in the spirit of what the question was actually asking, I'm not sure. I have some mental health issues that can make getting out of bed a real struggle, which means that my first answer wasn't entirely sarcastic. Usually, once I'm out of bed and done in the bathroom I have to wander into the kitchen, at the very least, at which point I'm more or less awake and as ready to face the day as I ever get.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Classwork, reading, Netflix. I'm in the band (I play marimba) and I love listening to music. I work. I really love naps. Sometimes I hang out with my friends.
What is your writing process?
I'm part of the NaNoWriMo camp of writing, where you just get everything down and then you can go back and edit and shit. So pretty much just word vomit onto a Word document for as long as I can. Maybe I'll share it with some friends if I'm happy enough with it. Once that's done I'll run it through my Grammarly checker and then I like to edit from hard copies, so I'll blow my print money on that.
Published 2017-12-20.
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