Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Hannah Both Ways Blog Tour: Interview with Rosie Greenway PLUS Giveaway

Today We're joining the HANNAH BOTH WAYS blog tour by chatting with author Rosie Greenway. Grab a hot beverage and come get to know all about Rosie and her book. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post!

Hi Rosie! Welcome to We Do Write.

Thank you for having me!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a former English teacher living in Ontario. I’m a pop culture junkie—music, art, films—I love it all. Writing is a passion I’ve enjoyed since I was a teenager. I’m thrilled to finally be able to share Hannah Both Ways with readers!

Tell our readers a bit about Hannah Both Ways.

A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.

Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?

How did the idea of the story come to you?

I was originally inspired by events I was reading about in the news (a tragic bullying incident, a teen stabbing at a bus stop), but once I started writing, diverse things inspired the movement of the story—odd things like Tweets and random snippets of Emily Dickinson poems that intrigued me. The characters themselves grew out of a handful of real kids I’ve known. I wish I’d journaled my experiences while brainstorming ideas, but once I start writing, I do tend to just motor along.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I plot in my head, so I do know the general endpoint, but I like to give the characters the opportunity to take the lead as opposed to trying the get from point A to a prescribed point B. For me, plotting too definitively tends to result in writer’s block.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

Finding time to get out all the ideas percolating in my mind is the most difficult aspect of writing. It’s incredibly frustrating having some great plot bunnies scampering about and not having enough time to corral them.

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

Nothing. I can’t afford to be that precious about process. If I find a few minutes, I just sit and write. The fewer “must-haves” the better!

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Don Aker’s Delusion Road. It’s a 2016 White Pine finalist (and Don is an amazing person—if you’ve never read any of his books, pick up The First Stone. Great book.)

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Perhaps it’s selfish, but I would love to have the ability to transmit all of the plotlines unfolding in my head onto a page without having to type. I could plug a machine into my brain and have the ideas spill out fully formed…gosh, that would be awesome.

Oh my goodness, I'm so on board with that! Best idea ever! Ok, what's the weirdest thing you've googled?

Last December I was trying to develop a plot line about teenagers and their exposure to pornography. I was Googling things like “how to deal with porn addiction.” Afterwards, I started getting weird pop-up ads suggesting therapy and 12 step programs. Yay me. Lol.

Ha! Too funny. Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...

Reading. Or watching The Walking Dead. Or out for dinner with my family. Or daydreaming about a new character or story. ☺

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

I’m so grateful to Rebelight Books, to Melinda, Deb, and Suzanne, in particular, for taking a chance on a newbie YA author. I’m also thankful for all the bloggers, like you, who take the time to read and support authors so tirelessly!

Thanks for stopping by the blog, Rosie, and good luck with your book!

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1 comment:

Rosie Greeenway said...

Hi Dorothy! Thanks so much for the great interview and for hosting the giveaway!