I recently reread Goose Girl and completely fell in love with it. Previously, my favorite of the author's novels was Princess Academy and then Book of a Thousand Days, but I'm going to have to say Goose Girl now takes top honors (although Book of a Thousand Days was simply wonderful, too...read my review). I didn't want Goose Girl to end, even though I have Enna Burning and River Secrets that I can reread, too. Every time I picked it up I lost myself in it completely.
Shannon Hale makes such fabulously real heroines - not wimpy ones, but not ones that are unrealistic superheroes, either. I love Ani and Enna and Miri and Dashti SO MUCH. Her lyrical, poetic form of storytelling has such a classic, timeless feel to it.
It is with great excitement and much fangirliness that I hereby present to you my interview with Shannon Hale!
Which of your heroines were you most like as a teen? And which can you relate to the most now?
I think Miri was most consciously like myself. And she was the hardest to write. Go figure. And now…I don’t know…I don’t really think of my characters in terms of myself. I’d say at heart, I’m most like Selia. (kidding, kidding!)
What is your favorite fairytale that you haven't retold, and why?
Hm…maybe the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Or Snow White Rose Red. I like them both, but they’re not frustrating enough for me to retell, I guess. There will be others, I’m sure.
Has your acting background affected your writing at all? Is acting something you want to get back into someday?
No, I’ve lost my nerve! Unless my kids want to do shows, then I’d do it with them. Theater and writing are very compatible. Acting is all about character creation. I think it was wonderful preparation. But it takes so much time and energy, auditions are nightmares, and I just don’t have a lifestyle compatible to theater hours anymore.
How did you get your writing grant for Enna Burning?
It was through my state’s art council. Most/all states have them. Look them up online, it’s easy to enter. It paid the mortgage for one month when my husband and I were both out of work, so, very timely. That was a rough era. Sheesh.
Can you give us any hints about your next Bayern novel, Forest Born?
No! Never! Absolutely not! Except that it’s really, really bad right now. So, business as usual for a first draft. Oh, and I guess I can say that Isi, Enna, and Dasha are all significant characters.
What's your favorite thing about being a writer?
Those perfect moments when you find just the right sentence.
Shannon, thank you so much for answering my questions! Oh--and for being so amazing. :)
The rest of today's Winter Blog Blast Tour interviews:
Loree Griffin Burns at Chasing Ray
Lily Archer at The Ya Ya Yas
Rick Riordan at Jen Robinson's Book Page
Gabrielle Zevin at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Dia Calhoun at lectitans
Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple at Shaken & Stirred
Alan Gratz at Interactive Reader
Lisa Yee at Hip Writer Mama
The WBBT ends tomorrow with:
Blake Nelson at The Ya Ya Yas