Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Bookanistas: YOU WISH an interview with Mandy Hubbard

This week we'd like to welcome the amazing Mandy Hubbard to the Bookanistas! Mandy is the author of Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, and five other to-be-published novels for teens. She is also a literary agent for D4EO Literary, where she represents authors of middle grade and teen fiction. You Wish is her second novel and it releases today.

Naturally we had some very serious questions for her....

1. Tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Kayla's Sweet Sixteen Bites. She wishes all of her past birthday wishes would come true. Then they do, one every day. And its a wild ride.

2. Where did you get the idea for YOU WISH? (As the official idea whores we have a vested interest here.)
I am the sort of person who tends to actively brainstorm for ideas, rather than wait for the magical idea fairy to visit me. One of my ways is to think of things characters may want-- whether that is a realistic thing (Get into harvard! Get Revenge on someone! etc) or unrealistic (Make wishes come true via magic.)

One night I was falling alseep, thinking: What if you gave someone EVERYTHING they wished for-- not just their current, most-longed for desire, but things from that past? I remember grinning as I imagined a 16 year old getting a life-sized My Little Pony that she wanted when she was 3. And I thought to myself, "DUDE. It is a LIFE SIZED MY LITTLE PONY. How can I not write that book?" But I also thought, "It is almost midnight and you are half-asleep, there is no way this idea will sound as cool in the morning."

I actually FORGOT the idea for a couple of days and then it hit me again, and I knew I had to write it.

3. Someone has a pair of scissors to your head (oooh, SCARY!) and you have to choose: Awesome title or gorgeous book cover?
COVER!! I am obsessed with book covers, and they are far more memorable to me than titles. Sometimes I meet people and they tell me their title and I think I've never heard of it, then I see the cover and am like, *Facepalm*.

4. When did you know you had to be a writer?
Hmm.... 23? I started writing at 20. I wrote for three years (six or seven books) without ever thinking I was a writer. It was a hobby, not who I was. But then I read a regency romance, fell in love, and wanted to be published. And PRADA & PREJUDICE, my debut, does actually take place in Regency England. So it was like going full circle. :-)

5. Twizzlers or M&Ms?
Oh, uh-uh. I say Skittles. If you do not have skittles, we will go to the store and get them.

Now, go order your copy of YOU WISH. Our copy is on its way and can't wait to dive in!

Want to see what the other Bookanistas are up to on this steamy Thursday? Check out the links below:

Elana Johnson Recommends THE DUFF
Shelli Johannes-Wells Recommends PERSONAL DEMONS
Scott Tracey is Spreading Some Cover Love
Beth Revis Recommends THE ETERNAL ONES
Myra McEntire Shares the Top 10 Reasons She Loves The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassie Clare
Shannon Messenger Recommends CANDOR
Carolina Valdez Miller Recommends THE BODY FINDER


Matthew MacNish said...

Awesome. Great work ladies. What a fun little interview thanks for sharing it LiLa and for giving it Mandy!

Martina Boone said...

You seriously do things in a way no other two people could imagine! Haha... great interview and another good one to look out for!

Thanks :)

Kelly Polark said...

Loved Prada and Prejudice, looking forward to this one, too!!

middle grade ninja said...

Great interview. Love that explanation of ideas, but I'd have to go title. There are plenty of great books that have undergone multiple covers, but that title sticks.

Stina said...

I've already pre-ordered this book with several others. I think it's coming with my copy of PARANORMALCY. Yes, there're quite a few orders coming in over the next month. Good thing ALL my kids will be in school full time come September. :D

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Nice interview, ladies. I like the way she brainstorms. Congrats, Mandy.

Hilary Wagner said...

I love the cover to this book--looks yummy delicious!

Fantastic interview! Can't wait to get my grubby meat-hooks into this book! ;)

xoxo -- Hilary

Elana Johnson said...

Yes to the life-size my little pony! That is awesome. Can't wait to read You Wish!

Renae said...

Wonderful interview girls! I love this cover and can't wait to read it!

Sara B. Larson said...

Ever since I heard about the idea for this book I've been excited to read it. Congrats on release day Mandy!

storyqueen said...

I am still laughing about the life-sized my little pony!


Jemi Fraser said...

Terrific interview ladies! Can't wait to read the book - love the concept :)

Lisa_Gibson said...

Fun interview and yes, I do need to go get my copy of You Wish now. I'll be doing that here shortly.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Tahereh said...

awesome interview-- i can't wait to read YOU WISH. if it's even half as funny as PRADA & PREJUDICE, i know it's going to be awesome :D

yay for MANDY!

and thanks, Lila, for hosting!


Shannon Messenger said...

Awesome interview, and I can't WAIT to read this one. Such a fabulous concept. Thanks for sharing!

Lori W. said...

A life-sized My Little Pony?! Sounds like such a fun book. Wonderful cover, too. Thank you all for this interview.

Marsha Sigman said...

What a great idea, why couldn't this happen to me???
I Wish, I's not working!!!

Ok, I guess I will have to read the book! Especially since she likes skittles.

Sherrie Petersen said...

This book is totally on my list to read. Sounds awesome. And my kids agree about the Skittles :)

Slamdunk said...

Good interview and interesting concept for a book.

I need to remember a few of the great ideas that hit me when I fall asleep--I am assuming that I just forget them all.

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