I’m the author of The Secret Year, a YA novel that came out in January. I live near Philadelphia, hike a lot, and eat a lot of chocolate.
2.What got you started writing? What brought you to YA?
A love of reading came first, but a love of writing quickly followed. I’ve always like YA. The teen years are an important time in life, that transition from childhood to adulthood.
The Secret Year: After his secret girlfriend's death, seventeen-year-old Colt finds the notebook she left behind, but he is unprepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship.
4.Do you plot out in advance, or just start writing and see where things go from there?
I do just a little bit of plotting, but mostly I let it fly. I do most of my outlining during the revision stage.
5.Many authors have told me their characters talk to them, and sometimes even have different ideas of where the story should go than the author. Do you hear your characters?
I hear their voices, telling their stories. They don’t address me directly; they speak in the narrative voice of a book, as if they’re speaking “to whom it may concern.” In fact, I don’t start writing a book until I have a voice for it. A good plot or situation isn’t enough for me to write from; I need the character’s voice.
6.Who is your favorite character (of your own)?
I like Colt, the main character of The Secret Year, which is good because I spent the most time with him. But I’m also fond of his older brother, Tom. I think Tom would be an especially good friend.
7.What hobbies do you have when you're not writing?
Hiking, reading, attending the occasional concert.
8.If you had not become a writer what would you have done instead?
I actually do have another job; it’s in the sciences. It’s very difficult to make a living as a writer.
9.Where can readers find you online?
My website: http://www.JenniferHubbard.com/
My blog: http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/
10.Your turn. What question do you have for readers of Want My YA?
If you ran the publishing world, what would you want to change about books? Fewer headless models on the cover? More paranormal? Less paranormal? What??
Thanks so much, Jennifer, for stopping by Want My YA today. :) It was great to have you here and read your responses. I'm starting to think I may need to grab my copy of The Secret Year off my shelf and move it up the TBR. Readers be sure to leave a comment and answer Jennifer's question. :)