Readergirlz & YALSA Chat With Holly Black!

October 28th, 2007 Chat Transcript

readergirlz wrote:

Tonight readergirlz welcomes award-winning author, Holly Black, to our group forum chat! Holly is a great supporter of readergirlz 31 Flavorite Authors for Teens in celebration of YALSA's Teen Read Week. We're excited to chat with Holly about Tithe, Valiant, Ironside, and her upcoming Spiderwick Movie!

Thanks to everyone for joining us tonight.

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The 31st post in our chat tonight will receive a free copy of one of the 31 Flavorite Authors books! Good luck all you chatters.

So, two questions to get started:

1.) How are you doing tonight?

2.) What is your flavorite ice cream?

 

Holly Black wrote:

Hey everyone! This is the right spot for chatting, yes?

I have my coffee in hand.

In answer to the first questions, waaaay back on page 1 (I clearly have some catching up to do), my favorite flavor of ice cream is probably cardamom. Or rose. Or maybe ginger. Or the green tea flavor that you get in restaurants but never at the grocery store.

I just got back from some apple-picking and my friends are making a pie that I hope to eat part of later. Sadly, I have none of those ice creams to go on it.

So glad to see you guys! I have a constant terror of being the wrong place!

Book Chic wrote:

Hey Holly!!

How did you get interested in the whole faerie concept?

Also, what's going on lately with the Spiderwick Chronicles movie?

Thanks for stopping by tonight!!! :)

Book Chic

Holly Black wrote:

I got interested in the whole faery concept when I read Brian Froud and Alan Lee's FAERIES. For anyone that hasn't seen it, it is a gorgeous and scary illustrated book with lots of folklore mixed in. It's fantastic. My mom had it (she's bought it for herself) and I adored it, but I was also frightened of it, which made me read more and more folklore, which made me more interested in faeries.

Right now, the Spiderwick movie is going really well. The visual effects are almost done and I am going to see the new cut of it in November. Release date is still February 15th and I couldn't be more excited.

Lorie Ann Grover wrote:

Hey readergirlz!

I missed you all last night! It's good to be back! HI, HOLLY! Welcome back to you!

Holly Black wrote:

Thank you! I am so happy to be here!

Sam wrote:

Hi Holly Black!

I just want to say first that I really respect you for the themes in your Tithe books because I can really relate to them since I am a teenage girl. Also, you rock my socks!

My question is are you planning on coming out with more Tithe books and if so which are characters would they be about?

Holly Black wrote:

Thank you so much, Sam. I really appreciate the kind words.

I am not currently working on any books in the Tithe universe. I might do a short story or two, but I am working on three faery graphic novels (called THE GOOD NEIGHBORS) and a non-faery book with grifters, curse magic, private school, a cat in a dress and no faeries at all.

I might come back to the Modern Faerie Tale universe again, but not until I tell some non-faery stories.

Miss Erin wrote:

*waves to everyone* I can't stay, just wanted to say hello. Welcome back, Holly. :)

Holly Black wrote:

Hello back! And thanks for the welcome!

Janet wrote:

Welcome home Holly!!

We loved chatting with you in August. It's great to have her back.

What are you working on just now???

Diva Janet

Holly Black wrote:

I am working on the edits for my graphic novel, THE GOOD NEIGHBORS. I just got the sketches and more edits from my editor and have to try and pair up the sketches with the text to see what it is he's talking about.

I'm also waiting for Tony to send me notes on the second book in the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series (this one is called A GIANT PROBLEM), so I can start on the second draft.

But I think I can sneak off for two days and write on the new book that I am not supposed to be working on and therefore want to mess around with...

Traci wrote:

HI!!!!!!!!

I think I can be here for the whole chat time today!!! *sings and dances for joy*

I don't think I have read any of your books Holly, but Ironside is nominated for my group in Cybils so hopefully I can read it soon. :D

How's it going everyone?

Holly Black wrote:

If you do get to read it, I hope that you like it.

~*Cookie*~ wrote:

Hi everyone and Hello Holly!

Holly,

How did u get into writing?

Holly Black wrote:

I remember not wanting to give up playing with dolls because that group storytelling made me so happy. I just liked making things up, so writing was a good way to tell the stories that I most wanted to hear. I wrote a (very bad) novel in middle school. Then, in high school I mostly wrote poetry and in college I barely wrote at all. Later, once I had graduated, I realized that if I wanted to be a writer I had to buckle down and write, so I started working on a book, discarded it, started working on another and eventually that second novel became TITHE.

Miss Erin wrote:

One quick question: have you decided on your dress for the premiere, Holly?

Holly Black wrote:

Okay, I have a dress now, but, uh, I tried it on last night and I think the neckline might be a little...low. Not sure what to do, since I love the dress. Maybe a tailor? Duck tape? Any advice would be appreciated.

turtlesteach wrote:

How many books are in the Tithe series? And is Tithe the first one?

Holly Black wrote:

TITHE is the first one, VALIANT is the second, but it's about different characters with only a very slight cross-over. IRONSIDE is the third, but it is a direct sequel to TITHE with the addition of only one of the characters in VALIANT (there are a couple of cameos, though).

So, did I just make that more confusing? If it helps, I think they can all be read as stand-alones.

Chicklish wrote:

Holly, what do the readergirlz mean to you?

Were you a readergirl when you were a teenager?

:)

Holly Black wrote:

To me, readergirlz are a community of girls who read books, discuss them, and are supportive of one another's lives, goals and dreams. It is a really special place because of the community of readers that gather here.

I was a reader when I was a teenager - I read all the time - but I lacked a community of other people who loved the books that I loved and it made me feel alone a great deal of the time. I didn't find those kind of supportive friendships until I was an adult.

look at yourself in the mirror....what do you see? wrote:

Hey everyone!!

yeah!! im excited that I had time (spare time) to be here to chat!!

halloween is almost here.

Questions:

1.) what was ur job before you wrote as a career?

2.)what is the best part in writing a novel like this one?

these r just some of the few Q's that I conjured up from my brain!

Holly Black wrote:

In answer to your questions:

1) I used to be a production editor of medical journals, like the JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY and my favorite, THE JOURNAL OF PAIN.

2) The best part of writing any novel is when you get surprised yourself by a clever idea or a scene that works the way you hoped it would. There is nothing quite like the feeling when the writing just *works.* Of course, occasionally, in the cold light of morning, that brilliant scene doesn't read so brilliantly, but in the moment, it is a fantastic feeling.

& Just a little bit of ?ixie?dust wrote:

Hi Holly! Is Ironside coming out in paperback anytime soon?

Holly Black wrote:

I think it will be out Fall 2008 - no idea why it will be so long!

Lorie Ann Grover wrote:

A super review:

From Booklist

Finding your place in the world is no picnic at the best of times, but pixie changeling Kaye finds it tougher than most. And no wonder: her boyfriend has been crowned king of the Unseelie Court and her best friend suffers from a faery's curse. In this follow-up to Black's previous two books about the urban fey, Kaye and her gay friend Corny (from Tithe, 2003) meet brothers Luis and Dave (from Valiant, 2005), and the teens are caught in the middle of a clash between the rival faery courts. As characters struggle to shape their identities, quintessential coming-of-age themes are as skillfully interwoven as in the earlier adventures, as are seductive contradictions: faeries who cannot lie nonetheless find ways to connive and betray, loyalty and love are wielded as weapons, and ethereal beauty often masks cruelty of the ugliest sort. The chilling game of wits culminates in a satisfying conclusion to this dark, edgy fantasy, a must-purchase for Black's many devoted fans. Rutan, Lynn

Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Holly Black wrote:

*blushes*

It is a pretty nice review, eh?

Olivia wrote:

Holly what is your favorite word?

Holly Black wrote:

Hard to pick just one but:

Capricious.

Janet wrote:

Hooray!! So nice to see your beautiful face Holly.

Do you take coffee with milk, sugar, straight???

Holly Black wrote:

Milk, no sugar.

I feel as though that sounds like a lame version of "shaken, not stirred."

But seriously, who would order a martini shaken and not stirred? Bond should be worrying they will add too much vermouth or ice cubes or those sorts of things if he's being all specific.

Sam wrote:

Hi Holly! What's your favorite coffee drink?

Holly Black wrote:

Well, my first favorite coffee drink is (good) coffee with milk. My second favorite is the skim cappuccino. I am suspicious of anything that has whipped cream on top of it.

look at yourself in the mirror....what do you see? wrote:

hey whats goin on Holly?!

what kind of coffie is it? ^^

Holly Black wrote:

Some kind of Ecuadorian, no pesticide, fair-trade coffee from the local organic grocery store near my husband's office. It tastes okay, but it is not my coffee of destiny.

Lorie Ann Grover wrote:

Any big changes since your visit here in August, Holly? Any big news?

Holly Black wrote:

I think the biggest change is that I finished the two books I was working on then! I turned in the first drafts of the second Spiderwick book and the second graphic novel.

Oh! And the first Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles book, NIXIE'S SONG came out!

Dia Calhoun wrote:

Caf or decaf? Welcome!

Holly Black wrote:

No decaf! The night is young!

doodle+scribbles=scratch wrote:

OMG!! I CANT BELIEVE WE CAN ACTUALLY TALK TO HOLLY BLACK!!

you have no idea what this is like for me. ive been reading the spiderwick crhonicles since the 5th grade, and now im a freshman in high school. the books have a lot of sentimental value to me. this is as surreal as it was on friday night, when i got to talk to davey havok of afi on the phone

holly, what bands do you like? i just needed to ask that

Holly Black wrote:

Oh, thank you! You are so kind to say that!

As for bands, I have mostly been listening to the Dresden Dolls lately, but I like a lot of older stuff: Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Magnetic Fields, Dead Can Dance, etc.

So what did you say to Davey Havok?

Book Chic wrote:

Holly- Who are some of your fave YA authors?

Book Chic, sniffling from a cold *shakes fist at sickness* Yay for laptops though, cuz I can sit in my bed in my pjs, hehe. :)

Holly Black wrote:

Now here I could spend the rest of my time typing, but I'm just going to list a couple: Megan Whalen Turner, Garth Nix, Franny Billingsley, Tamora Pierce, Libba Bray, Barry Lyga, Cassandra Clare, Kris Reisz, Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld, Cecil Castellucci, Kathleen Duey, Maureen Johnson, and John Green.

But there are so many more that I love.

Traci wrote:

What is your all time favorite outfit?

(I know random......)

Holly Black wrote:

On me? I don't know! That's a great question. I guess the answer is that I am obsessed with jackets and a new and spiffy jacket is always my favorite. I have a purple leather one right now that I love to death.

look at yourself in the mirror....what do you see? wrote:

Holly:

What is the best part of being a YA author?

Holly Black wrote:

Talking to people who have read your books and meeting authors that you love and having them have read your work.

xXLovelessxLifeXx wrote:

OMG!

Hey, Holly!

I love your book!

I forced it upon my friend to read, and now she won't give it back, lol.

How are you?

Holly Black wrote:

Thanks so much for your kind words! My advice is to take one of her books hostage and then offer an exchange of prisoners.

Hey, it might work...

Little Willow wrote:

Hey hey! Two things I think you'll appreciate: One, I am currently preparing to play a character named Holly; and two, one of the younger girls in the cast went to a Halloween party last week as an eighties girl, poofy ponytail and all.

Holly Black wrote:

Ahhh, the eighties.

So what are you about to play Holly in?

Sam wrote:

Hey Holly,

Which authors really influenced you in your writing while growing up?

Also, since itís almost Halloween, what's your favorite scary book?

Holly Black wrote:

I think that Tanith Lee had a huge impact on my writing. I adored her books and short stories and tried to write Tanith Lee pastiches. Also, I was rereading the Elric books recently and didn't realize how much that I think the Melniboneans probably influenced my ideas about faeries.

Oh, I almost forgot my favorite scary book.

I'm going to go with a picture book - Cinderella Skeleton. One of my all-time favorites.

Readergirlz said

Okay I know you're all going to want to shoot me, but really, as a diva I do have to mention the time, and the Chat Hour is fini

Thank you so much, Holly, for chatting with all of us tonight!

We All Love You!

Wish we could taste some of the apple pie.

If everyone wants to hang around longer, feel free to do so. Otherwise, we'll see you tomorrow night as we chat with Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Thanks again Holly and readergirlz everywhere.

Diva, Janet waves to all ~ ~~~ ~~ ~~ ~

xXLovelessxLifeXx wrote:

That's really cool. I'm totally into faeries and folklore.

Do you recommend any good faerie stories?

Holly Black wrote:

For novels/anthologies I am going to recommend:

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope

Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

The Essential Bordertown edited by Terri Windling

Nevernever and Elsewhere by Will Shetterly

The Faery Reel edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow

There are lots more, but those are all great.

doodle+scribbles=scratch wrote:

i never knew you were a fan of alan lee, it figures that you would be!

what made you decide to sell the rights to make spiderwick a movie? do you worry that some fans will have a negative response - "it doesnít capture the book like it should" or something like that?

Holly Black wrote:

I think that a film about faerie set in the contemporary world is something that I would very much like to see, so I was happy that Paramount/Nickelodeon was interested in the rights. I know that no matter how good the film is (and I think it is very good), some people are going to think it doesn't capture the feeling of the books the way they wanted it to, but at the end of the day, the books will remain the same. I have to worry, first and foremost, about writing books, because there is plenty about films that I don't even pretend to understand.

And yeah, I love Alan Lee! His landscapes are so haunting.

Janet wrote:

"Is it just me, or does it feel like it's 10 o'clock at night right now?"

Agree -- something strange is in the air.

Isn't the world of faerie closer to our realm in October Holly? Part of the reason for Halloween.

The veil between seen and unseen worlds vanishes for a while . . .

oooouuuuuuu

Holly Black wrote:

True. Best to be careful out there. And if you see something out of the corner of your eye, don't ignore it. ;)

Faith wrote:

hey holly! so i have two questions for you. the first is what do you hope your readers get out of your books, other than a good story? the second is what is your favortie book, that you've written, so far?

Holly Black wrote:

Oh, the first one is a really hard one. I was talking to Jim Bissell last night (he did all the production design for the Spiderwick movie and his work is in an exhibit with Tony's at the Eric Carle museum). We were talking about how one can't really try to make the audience have a specific reaction or the work starts to become artificial. I have to agree in that I hope that I can tell a story with enough emotional honesty that my audience reacts to the story that I've told, but I can't control what that reaction is. Does that make sense?

I think my favorite book that I've written is probably VALIANT, because it was a really hard book and I feel like I got a lot in there.

xXLovelessxLifeXx wrote:

I can't wait to pick up another one of your books Holly!

Holly Black wrote:

Thank you!

look at yourself in the mirror....what do you see? wrote:

i am so pleased that u came Holly i really am!!

I FINALLY GET TO CHAT WELL "TYPE" WITH YOU!!

whatís your favorite about writing as a career?

luvs!!

Holly Black wrote:

Thank you!!

The best thing about writing as a career is talking to people that have read my books (because it is fun to talk about characters with other people) and hanging out with fellow authors.

Book Chic wrote:

Also, another question for Holly- Would you ever consider writing a lighter non-faery book? Like a romantic comedy sort of thing, similar to novels by Meg Cabot and Lauren Myracle?

BC

Holly Black wrote:

I love Meg Cabot and Lauren Myracle's books, but I just don't think I'm funny enough to ever write a romantic comedy. I am, however, going to write a non-faery book. It's called THE WHITE CAT and it's about grifters, curse magic, private school and a cat in a dress (despite all that, it's still dark fantasy). I'm only at the beginning, though, so I am guessing that I won't have anything to show you guys until 2009.

Faith wrote:

what else can you tell us about the book(s) you are currently working on?

Holly Black wrote:

The sekrit book? It's called THE WHITE CAT and the main character's a seventeen year old guy named Cassel.

look at yourself in the mirror....what do you see? wrote:

I am as well writing as a going to be career, since i go to the school of the arts in tacoma!! Iím trying to work my way up to be a YA author,

1.) when did you start writing as a career?

Holly Black wrote:

My first book (TITHE) came out in 2002. I probably sold it in 2001. It took me a very long time to finish the book - about 5 years.

Little Willow wrote:

Holly Black and readergirlz: Who are your favorite fictional fairies? Mine are Tiki from THE FAIRY REBEL by Lynne Reid Banks and Tinker Bell from PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie.

Have any of you read THE FAIRY REBEL? If not, you should - especially if you're a parent, because this is something you'll want to share with your kids, especially if you have daughter around eight years old.

Holly Black wrote:

I have never read THE FAIRY REBEL. I will go and check it out.

If poetry counts, I think my favorite fictional faeries are from the poetry of William Butler Yeats. His "The Hosting of the Sidhe" gives me chills.

On the complete other extreme, I think Delia Sherman does some extremely clever things with faeries from around the world in her book, CHANGELING.

Marlena [is on Team Edward] wrote:

What's your advice to aspiring writers, Holly?

Holly Black wrote:

My advice is threefold

(1) read a lot and read in a lot of different genres, because they all have tricks and conventions and techniques to reveal

(2) write a lot - it can take a lot of drafts and a lot of writing to figure out your style

(3) I found it really helpful to have a critique partner who liked the same books that I like and could encourage me and tell me when something didn't work.

xXLovelessxLifeXx wrote:

Holly, do you feel like any of the characters you have written about resemble you in any way?

Holly Black wrote:

I think *all* of them are like me in some ways: I was a mean older sister like Mallory and I am a giant geek like Corny who would probably stumble into Faeryland like a big idiot if I could. Even Kaye's mom is a little bit like me--or at least reflects my then-fear of never making it as a writer and being unhappy and neglectful because of it.

But none of my characters are me, we just share attributes.

E. Lockhart wrote:

Hi Holly,

Congratulations on bestseller list and everything else. I want to know: Where do you buy your shoes? After seeing that stack of them on your blog a while ago (pic from tour with Cassandra Clare), I realize I am shoe-inadequate and long for your guidance.

Holly Black wrote:

E!!!

And with a very important question!

The best shoes that I had on tour were my black and red Fluevogs. I love those shoes and they are so comfortable. I ordered many shoes off zappos.com, which is great except that I never return shoes so it may be a bad idea for me. Right now, I am lusting for green and purple Fluevogs.

You have fabulous shoes, I might add. However, a lady can always use a few more.

doodle+scribbles=scratch wrote:

hey holly, ive been attached to the spiderwick chronicles for a long while, ever since the 5th grade, and now im a freshman.

what made you want to have it made into a movie?

Holly Black wrote:

There are two things that are really exciting to me about the Spiderwick Chronicles becoming a movie -- one is that it will be exciting to see faeries in a contemporary setting, the other is that it's exciting to see other people reinterpret my and Tony's work.

Little Willow wrote:

Holly: Where do you see the Grace children in ten years, as adults?

Holly Black wrote:

Ha! There has been much speculation among Tony and I about this and we have some different ideas, but I guess we'll have to see...

I think, though, that Jared will be a painter like his Uncle Arthur.

Janet wrote:

Yeah! I don't blame you Lorie Ann.

Barbie is so . . . well . . . Barbie.

I mean what do you do with that chick????

Holly Black wrote:

I have to admit that I had a gazillion Barbies, because each time I wanted to add a character to my world it required the acquisition of a new doll. What a relief to make up characters on paper. I can have as many as I want now.

But I did make some of my Barbies into vampires.

Dia Calhoun wrote:

Do you have a cat "altar?" I do.

Holly Black wrote:

Cat sacrifice is wrong, you know. ;)

& Just a little bit of pixie dust wrote:

are any of ur characters based off of real people?

Holly Black wrote:

Not entirely, but parts of them are - like Jared and Simon are very influenced by my husband who both loves animals and got kicked out of middle school for fighting. And Corny's trailer was the trailer a good friend of mine grew up in. So I will take a specific thing from friend's lives or sometimes a story that happened to them, but the character isn't them in many other important ways.

Lorie Ann Grover wrote:

I'm suspicious if they don't give me whipped cream on top. *what does she think I need to lose weight or something? give me my joy: whipped cream!*

Holly Black wrote:

Mostly, I am suspicious that anything with whipped cream doesn't have enough caffeine to wake me up in the morning.

Janet wrote:

Holly,

Love Roiben from Tithe and Ironside. Was he based on any romantic guy you know/knew???

I can see why Kaye is wild about him

Holly Black wrote:

No, he isn't based on a real person. He's more based on the kind of characters I have loved, characters who do a lot of terrible things while wanting to be good.

Dia Calhoun wrote:

Holly, do you have any writing rituals?

Holly Black wrote:

I once went to the Tor offices and one of the editors there (TNH) warned me never to drink or smoke when I wrote or I would never be able to quit drinking or smoking without feeling like I could no longer write. After that, I avoided any kind of ritual. Sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I write in coffeehouses, sometimes I even write in front of the television. The only thing I need is my laptop.

I guess the only thing I do have is an editing ritual. When I'm done with a novel, I get it bound up and then edit on the physical copy. It is a triumphant moment.

Janet wrote:

HUGE! And in less than two months? I don't know how you do it AND make those great apple pies!

Holly Black wrote:

Well, I was working on the books before that! And there is lots and lots of rewriting ahead.

But tonight I dine on pie made by someone else, which is more delicious due to lack of effort.

xXLovelessxLifeXx wrote:

Holly

How do you get into a good writing mode?

I've been trying to write stories that I think up for years, but they all just come out in incoherent scrabble.

Holly Black wrote:

I get into the mood of a project by reading some of what I've already written, looking at pictures that inspire me and listening to music. But remember that first drafts always look like incoherent scrabble. I remember showing a young writer (at Clarion, where I was teaching) an early draft of the end of Ironside and telling her it was bad. She came back astonished, saying, "wow, it IS bad." But I had to write a bad version to revise it into a better version.

So my advice is to just keep revising.

~VaNeSsA~ wrote:

Last minute question (sorry if it was already asked):

Do you do the writing for the Spiderwick books by yousrelf, or does Tony help with the story?

I have to say that I love how all the faeries are the same in those books and Tithe, etc. :D Valiant knocked my socks off. Awesome book, there!

Holly Black wrote:

Tony and I talk about the stories together before I start on the draft, so yes, he's a huge help. And his art is very influential on the writing too.

~VaNeSsA~ wrote:

Last minute question (sorry if it was already asked):

Do you do the writing for the Spiderwick books by yousrelf, or does Tony help with the story?

I have to say that I love how all the faeries are the same in those books and Tithe, etc. :D Valiant knocked my socks off. Awesome book, there!

Holly Black wrote:

Oh! And thank you for your kind words about Valiant!

Dia Calhoun wrote:

Justina as a fabulous light green leather jacket--the color of new spring leaves.

I am so jealous.

Holly Black wrote:

*covets*

~VaNeSsA~ wrote:

Hey Holly, do you ever go shopping at Whole Foods or the mall at Ingleside? We're practically neighbors! :D

Holly Black wrote:

My Whole Foods is in Hadley, but I go to the mall in Ingleside all the time.

doodle+scribbles=scratch wrote:

yay!! this feels so surreal chatting with all these people and YOU!

OMG. i was listening to bauhuas, and joy division on friday night, that night i talked to davey! i suppose youre a fan of siouxsie and the banshees?

when they finally picked up the phone: i told them for every second you didnít pick up the phone, you were killing me

davey: i hope youíre not dead!

then we talked about music, DJing, goth, and all that good stuff. five minutes into the conversation he asked me: "are you german?" thats really odd, cuz im filipino and dont know any other language but english. he was asked by the host, dulce, if he was goth. and davey said, im more like a rainbow in the dark." random, indeed

Holly Black wrote:

I LOVE Siouxie!

That sounds like an interestingly weird conversation you had.

Lorie Ann Grover wrote:

Are you dressing up for Halloween, Holly?

Holly Black wrote:

Sadly, probably not. I am going to World Fantasy in Saratoga Springs and since it is a very, very serious fantasy convention, costumes are not allowed.

Sam wrote:

That is so cool! I have never read any of Tanith Lee's books, but I will now!

Holly Black wrote:

She writes a TON, so let me recommend Sabella or the Blood Stone. That's one of my favorites. I also enjoyed Tales from the Sisters Grimmer.

~*Cookie*~ wrote:

Out of all the books u wrote, which is ur favorite?

Holly Black wrote:

Probably VALIANT. It was the hardest to write, but I feel like it turned out the way I really wanted it to.

?Just Brooke. wrote:

Hello, Holly!

What is your favorite subject to write about?

Holly Black wrote:

I love contemporary fantasy where the magic feels numinous and mythic and somehow possible. I love to read books that manage that and it is the mood that I hope to capture in my own books.

Olivia wrote:

Woot i'm back.

Holly I am so very happy I get to chat with you. I actully started re-reading Valient today because I got Ironside on Friday. I love your books. They are so awesome.

Holly Black wrote:

Thanks, Olivia. I appreciate the kind words. :D

Just Brooke. wrote:

I love The Spiderwick Chronicles. I've had the whole series for a lonnng time. I'm going to start rereading them=]

Do you like the Harry Potter series?

What's your favorite book?

Which book that you've written is your favorite?

Holly Black wrote:

I like the Harry Potter books, although I have never gotten over Sirius's death.

I don't know that I have one favorite, but one of my favorites is Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner.

Of my own books, I guess my favorite is probably Valiant, although usually I love the book I have just finished the most.

OKAY! I think I am through! Thanks so much for coming out to talk to me and thanks to Readergirlz for having me again.

I am sorry if I didn't get to your question and I am sorry that I spelled duct tape as duck tape a while back. Most embarrassing.

Happy reading everyone!

readergirlz