Ask the Author: Sandy Hall
What would you like readers to know about you?
I failed writing in college! It was expository writing and not creative writing, but I definitely assumed I’d never publish a book after failing that class. I wish I could go back to that professor and show her what I’ve accomplished.
What is The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate about for those who haven’t read it?
It’s a companion book to my last book, A Prom to Remember. Paisley Turner is just starting college and she kisses a boy the first night. But it turns out that boy is Carter Schmidt, her long lost arch nemesis from middle school.
What has been your inspiration for writing The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate?
I was really into the enemies to lovers trope when I was planning my fifth book, so that played heavily into this plot. I also really like writing about the first year of college. I think because I have such fond memories of my first year.
What was your favorite scene or part of to write?
Honestly, the first page! I worked really hard to get the right tone and I love how it came out.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
So many it’s hard to count! I’m also a librarian so books play a big part in my life. Every book I read I find inspiration in. It’s hard to narrow it down to a handful that inspired me. Most recently I read Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus. I would love to be able to write something like that someday. It had such great twists and turns!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Make sure you write to the end of the book before doubling back to edit. You need to know what you have before you can fix it. Finishing the whole book is the most important part. Once I learned to finish the books that I started to write, everything got a whole lot easier.
Sandy Hall is an author and librarian from New Jersey.
She likes lots of things but especially books, both the reading and the writing of them.
Sandy’s first book, A Little Something Different was published by Swoon Reads in August 2014, followed by four more since.
She grew up in a family that encouraged reading but she never actually meant to become an author. Failing expository writing her first year of college only solidified the idea that writing probably wouldn’t make a great career choice.
She went on to get a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science, both from Rutgers University.
Eventually, she got over her writing failure and discovered that she kind of loved to write.
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