I recently did an interview with SmashWords, my e-book distributor, discussing everything from my childhood to what I’m currently working on, to what gets me up in the morning (hint: it has an obnoxious beeping sound!).
See the interview questions below:
Interview with Hannah Stahlhut
Living in the country with wide open spaces, crappy dial up internet, and practically nothing to do allowed my imagination to blossom. It’s no coincidence that I often write about characters traveling through nature; I spent a lot of time in nature myself. I rode horses aimlessly between cornfields, participated in tree climbing contests with my rowdy cousins, and looked always to the horizon, imagining the places I would see when I was grown. Yes, the wide open spaces did ignite my imagination, as did my lack of distractions. My daydreams were my best form of entertainment.
In addition, I think my experiences with animals have informed my writing– hopefully by grounding it a little. As I write characters who live in a medieval world, I like to think I can have an informed voice regarding the uses for and limitations of animals. There will be no galloping through the night in my books — it’s a horse, not a Ferrari!
So yeah, I’ve always written.
Those scribbles turned into actual letters, which turned into many short-lived and eventually abandoned writing projects until at last, at age 15, I wrote my first book.
That first book was quite awful, and I hope no one reads it. However, it and each of those failed notebook stories helped make me a better writer. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Instead, I like to write and do my work while lounging on my couch across from a rather large window overlooking my front yard. The light and open space help me in my creative process.
My favorite method of reading involves actual pages.
However, originally the two novels were actually one and the same. The original draft of Wanderling was 250-ish pages, and was written through only Adala’s perspective. When I added scenes through the eyes of Tobin, Shem, Eleanor, and Burano, I knew it was too long for one novel, so I revised some sections and split the manuscript into two.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it turned out. Resistance is my proudest work!
However, I will always have the authors who really stick with me. C.S. Lewis’ work has always ignited both my imagination and my reasoning skills. Lemony Snicket has the wit and writing style that I soak up deliciously even as I envy it to my dying breath. And, as a die-hard Game of Thrones/ Song of Ice and Fire fan, I have to mention George R. R. Martin. How I envy his ability to cast dozens and dozens of complex characters and then kill them off, ripping out the reader’s heart with each farewell.
An odd combination of authors. I could list dozens more, but I will spare you the headache.
Even that can’t accomplish the task some days.
Have I connected every single question back to Game of Thrones?
I am not even ashamed.