Ask the Author: Hannah Whitten

What would you like readers to know about you? 

My very first novel-length work was a horse mystery I wrote in a composition notebook when I was 10. 

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

FOR THE WOLF is a fairytale-soup mashup of Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, and pretty much any other story you can think of that features a dark forest, plus a healthy dose of romance and body horror. 

What has been your inspiration for writing it? 

I wanted to twist fairytales on their axes and subvert them—so many are about how you shouldn’t stray from the path, or how virtue rewards you with true love. I wanted to write one about finding your own agency and realizing that the dark parts of yourself are where your power lives. Also, monster kissing. 

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

I have so many, but writing the more horror-y aspects was always a good time. 

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

THE DARK IS RISING sequence by Susan Cooper, the Prydain novels by Lloyd Alexander, THE SEER AND THE SWORD by Victoria Hanley, WAIT TIL HELEN COMES by Mary Downing Hahn, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. 

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

Don’t wait for inspiration to strike—the key to getting a book done is consistently showing up to work, even when you don’t feel like it. 

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Twitter and Instagram: @hwhittenwrites 

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