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Chiara / April 7, 2016 , Thu / writing

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I’ve been squealing about exciting things coming to this blog. And of course, when asked what said exciting things were, I evaded and kept everything hush hush.

Well, now one of the exciting things is here! And it’s an interview with Hannah Moskowitz! I have literally loved every book of Hannah’s that I have read, and I feel so honoured that she agreed to an interview here on the blog.

So, without further ado, here are some questions by moi and answers by Hannah.

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1) What inspired/inspires you to write LGBTQIA+ fiction?

Even before I knew I was queer, I had gay members of my family, so it’s always been an issue that’s close to my heart. And it’s also important to me to question the idea of straight as the standard, and there’s the idea that talking about heterosexuality is expected, but when you talk about anything else, you’re automatically oversharing. Why is that?

I also started writing queer YA back when most of it was still coming out books. Don’t get me wrong–as long as there are teenagers struggling with coming out, we will still need coming out books. But it’s not the only experience.

2) What is a favourite quote from one of your books? Why is it a favourite?

I really love “Love isn’t a period. It’s a semicolon” in GENA/FINN, and I didn’t even write that line; my cowriter did! Of lines I’ve written…I’m partial to “I am curves instead of lines, but that is still shapes” in NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, because screw proper grammar.

3) When it comes to representation in LGBTQIA+ fiction what do you think is the most important aspect?

Diversity. Queer experiences differ just as much as straight experiences. And we’re also not all cisgendered, gay white men.

4) If you were to speak on a literary panel about LGBTQIA+ fiction what topic would you talk about and why?

I’d love to talk about what it’s like to be queer in a politically very liberal area. There’s the perception that you’re either faced with outright hate or complete acceptance, and it’s just not like that. Even people who love queer people generally have more complicated feelings when it’s someone in their own house. It’s a really complex narrative that I think we haven’t explored much yet.

5) What is one LGBTQIA+ book that you recommend?

MY HEARTBEAT by Garret Freymann-Weyr.

6) Silly question time – if you could be any animal for a day what would it be and why?

One of my cats. They’ve got it good.

I absolutely LOVED reading Hannah’s answers to these questions, especially the ones to the first and fourth question. It was ridiculously amazing to get inside her head on these topics. Also, the two quotes she shared are ones I loved when reading those titles, so we both have amazing taste as far as I’m concerned. And there’s also a rec for a book I hadn’t heard of that has now been immediately added to the TBR. Here’s the Goodreads link to it, because I’m kind like that.

Now, because I love Hannah’s books, and I want you to love them, too, I’m giving you the chance to win one of her books! :D In paperback, though, because I’m a writer, remember, and writers are poor. I rec Teeth the most because that is one of my favourite books EVER, and Teeth is the most precious thing in THE ENTIRE WORLD and needs love and affection and attention. But you can see the full list of her books here.

This giveaway is open internationally, and subject to my giveaway policy.

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I hope you loved reading this interview as much as I did! And keep a look out for some more exciting things headed this way. Tata for now,

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12 Responses to hannah moskowitz interview + giveaway

  1. Rebecca says:

    Anyway, I love this interview! I love the quotes she shared, too. I have’t heard of the book she rec’d, so I’ll be sure to look it up on Goodreads. So…I’ve never read a book by Hannah Moskowitz before. But her books are on my TBR and Gena/Finn is one of most anticipated 2016 titles, so that has to count for something, right? No? OK, I’ll try to get to them soon. *gets to work on TBR*

    • Chiara says:

      Thank you! I hadn’t heard of it, either, so it was exciting to discover a new book :D It does count for something, although you should definitely read her other books as well!

  2. Inge says:

    Gosh, I’ve been meaning to read one of Hannah’s books for AGES. I’ve been ogling her books on Goodreads for years hahaha. I love how all her books sound so unique and I love her advocacy for diversity in books. ♥

    • Chiara says:

      I really hope you get around to reading one of them soon, Inge! They really are quite wonderful. I love it when authors are passionate about diversity, as well!

  3. Romi says:

    This is an absolutely delightful interview, Chiara, and the first I’ve ever read that you’ve done. I LIKED IT A LOT. Your questions were *wonderful* (with sparkles surrounding for a special Romi touch) and Hannah’s answers were just so amazing, and made me want to get on to reading her books all the more fervently. I’ve got a couple that have been on my tbr for far too long, and I should really do something about that.
    I HOPE THAT LAST COMMENT MEANS MORE REVIEWS ARE COMING. Because that’d be amazing because *this* was amazing. You did swell! (And how sweet that there’s a competition too!)

    • Chiara says:

      Why, thank you <3 I tried to think of questions that would be interesting to answer and to read so YAY.

      Well, if you entered the giveaway YOU MIGHT JUST GET TO READ ONE ASAP.

      It does, it does. Exciting people abound! :D <3

  4. Elspeth says:

    So… Hannah Moskowitz is one of those authors I keep hearing great things about but have never actually read. I really, really, really, REALLY need to read some of her stuff!

  5. i haven’t read ANY books by her yet! *cue gasp* But I really really want to, particularly A History of Glitter and Blood because glitter. YAY. ;D
    Also this was a fabulous interview and I loved the answers and ahhhh there’s that epic love quote again. And omg I agree that we need ALL types of books. Coming out and just general living and adventures. <3

    • Chiara says:

      Ah, Cait! You need to get on that, haha. Her books are amazing. And A History of Glitter and Blood is super fab.

      Thank you! <3 We do need SO many more books, and I'm excited for all the ones that will come in the future!

  6. Appletaile says:

    This is awesome! I’ve been recommended Hannah Moskowitz’s books numerous times but sadly they’ve proved very difficult to find. But I AM GOING TO. Because I need good books to read, and this interview has reminded me of all the excellent books that are out there. *nods*

    • Chiara says:

      Thank you! :D I was lucky to find my first Hannah Moskowitz book in the library. I hope you win this giveaway so you can finally read her awesome books!

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