December 9, 2015
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Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway.
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A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.
Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
My pleasure! I’m delighted to have the opportunity to chat!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Synopses are bad enough. 140 character synopses are EVIL! Lol. Oddly enough, this is something Hannah would love to do. Let’s see:
A recent victim of cyberbullying, Hannah meets Lucas, a persistent new kid who seems to know her tormentors. What’s he up to? Read on…
Ack. That’s awful. Lol.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Initially, I was purging some pent up teen angst that had been stored away for a couple of decades. As the words took shape on the page, a story began to develop. A few current events happening in my community sparked some plot ideas, and once I began to flesh out ideas for characters, I drew inspiration from the amazing kids I spent time with during my years as a teacher. The poetry of Emily Dickinson inspired the developing relationship between the two main characters.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Hannah is feisty, clever, a tad cynical and world-weary. But she’s got a vulnerability lurking beneath the surface just waiting to be recognized.
Her mother is a bit of a flake. She’s a cocktail waitress and has serial flings with the regular customers she serves, which causes numerous problems, many of which affect Hannah’s daily existence.
Lucas is an interesting character. A new kid at Hannah’s school, he suffers from dyslexia, so learning is a challenge. But he’s definitely wise beyond his years in terms of understanding what makes people tick.
I’ll leave it at that to avoid spoilers. ;)
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
The “one-act play” was fun to write, as it was a real departure from conventional fiction. I’ve never written in script format before. But as for favorite parts, there are so many. I love Hannah’s voice, and the imagery she uses. I have a soft spot for the references to her left ventricle.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The scenes in which Hannah was being bullied or harassed were difficult. I’m sure we’ve all experienced bullying or exclusion or being picked on to some degree or another. Writing scenes like that dredges up unpleasant memories.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’m always writing, but at this point I’m just chasing a few plot bunnies and trying to pin one down so that I can explore a story more fully.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thanks for the good wishes, and I appreciate your time!
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