Today we welcome the fierce Rachel Hawkins to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! Rebel Belle, her latest novel, is an action-packed adventure led by the most fantastic of heroines - someone who can take a demon down in her cotillion gown and heels without smudging her lipgloss. It’s the most fun you’ll have all year, we promise, so before you head out to pick up this pick-me-up, hang out for a second to see just why Rachel can produce such awesome work (spoiler: it’s because she’s awesome, too).
Name: Rachel Hawkins
Novel: Rebel Belle
Available: April 8, 2014
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Roald Dahl
What’s your favorite thing about your book? That it’s PINK and there’s a DAGGER ON THE COVER! Oh, you mean like my favorite part about the inside? I like that when you strip away all the magical stuff- Oracles, ancient orders of knights, Mages- it’s a story about a girl trying to do the best she can to keep the people she loves safe and happy.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. We could bond over our love for the name Cordelia, and she could possibly find a way to make raspberry cordial. Plus I could explain her a thing about how Gilbert Blythe is the DREAMIEST, and she needs to get on that.
Where do you write? I actually have two workspaces! I read a book awhile back called Steal Like An Artist, and the author suggested making two different spots for working if you could manage it. One should be a digital space- your computer, printer, all that jazz- and the other an analog space- pencils, notebooks, crayons if that’s your thing. So I have a little set up in the guest room that’s just my computer on a laptop desk. As you can see, I keep that area fairly Spartan!
But then I also have a space in by bedroom that’s a lot comfier/cozier, and surrounded by things I love or find inspiring. That’s my Notebook Zone.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Like a lot of girls, I went through a maaaajor Historical Lady Phase when I was younger, so it’s so hard to choose! I’m gonna go with Boudicca, though. Hard to beat a Fierce Celt Lady killing some Romans, you know?
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? Oh man, I probably tweet too much! As for my funniest tweet, it would probably be the one where I ranted about Luna and Neville not ending up together in Harry Potter, and declared that in my mind, they’re running Lovegood & Longbottom: Magical Detectives right now.
What is your favorite season? I live in Alabama, which means we only really have two seasons: Wet and Dear God Why Do People Live Here I Am Melting How Can One Person Sweat This Much. But every once and awhile, we get autumn for like a week, and I must say, I am very fond of that!
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Scotland. I go there every year, and it’s just a weirdly relaxing and rejuvenating place for me. I tend to feel happier and healthier there, and I always write a huge amount. And since I’m on a deadline right now, I could use that mental boost, to be honest.
Do you have any writing rituals? Nooooo! I am actually very ANTI-writing ritual because I have to be able to write everywhere, and I’m such a superstitious weirdo that I’m afraid that if I gave in to one teensy ritual, suddenly I would HAVE to do that ALL THE TIME or NO WRITING EVER AGAIN.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Total cliché, but my family, safe, happy, laughing.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Tori Amos, 1998. She told a story about getting one of her songs from the ghost of a small child who stood at the foot of her bed, and we were all like, “….sounds legit.”
What are you currently working on? I’m writing my first Middle Grade novel, Journey’s End, about a group of kids solving a supernatural mystery in the Highlands of Scotland (told you that was a good writing place for me!) Plus I’m in the plotting stage of a new YA series involving American girls, British nobility, shenanigans, and sheep. Just…so many sheep.
Thanks, Rachel! We can’t wait to read what’s next!
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