Amanda Hocking is the best-selling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. Now signed with Macmillan, the newly edited version ofSwitched will be available in January, followed by Torn and Ascend in February and April.
Amazon.com: Would you most closely define yourself as a geek, a dork, or a nerd?
Amanda Hocking: Geek. I am a fangirl. Mostly of cult classics, ‘80s films, superheroes, obscure actors, one-hit-wonders, and bands popular in Australia. But I'm a fangirl about pretty much anything that catches my fancy.
Amazon.com: How did you feel when you sold your first book?
Amanda Hocking: Ecstatic....It’s been amazing.
Amazon.com: Let’s future-talk. What are your writing goals?
Amanda Hocking: My problem is that I no longer know what my goals are in terms of my writing career. I've already far surpassed my expectations. I don't know what's realistic for me to want or expect. Don't get me wrong. I'm thrilled and soooooo grateful for everything. I just don't know what's next.
Amazon.com: Do you have any advice for young writers?
Amanda Hocking: Write a lot, but read even more. Learn to be open to criticism. And research as much as you can before making a decision about what you want [out of] your writing career....Be professional and polite always, even when people say they hate your book (and people will).
Amazon.com: You get so much fan mail and responses to your blog posts. Does anything in particular stand out?
Amanda Hocking: I've gotten several emails from wives and mothers whose husbands are gone because they're soldiers and marines. Those ones I think really strike me the most. These people are sacrificing so much, and they're using something I wrote to escape for a minute. And that really puts the pressure on me to put out something that's worthy.