By now you’ve read my book review of Freeks so I’m sure you’re busting to find out more about the awesome world Amanda Hocking has created. Here she is answering three questions about Freeks, Mara and her different experiences with publishing.
What was the strangest thing you had to remind yourself of about the 1980s while writing Freeks?
The hardest part for me was making sure that the slang was appropriate. There are plenty of phrases and idioms that are common now that weren’t 30 years ago, so I had to be careful with that.
On the flipside, I didn’t want to use too much 80s specific lingo, because I didn’t want it to be confusing or sound silly to readers that were unfamiliar.
Describe Mara’s journey from the beginning of Freeks to the end?
I think the simplest, least spoiler-y description would be that Mara is searching for a place where she belongs, and throughout the course of the story, she finds that she already had a place where she belonged.
What do you wish someone had told you about traditional publishing after your experiences with self-publishing?
For the most part, my experiences with traditional publishing had been what I expected them to be.
But the toughest lesson for me is that a traditional publisher doesn’t validate you anymore than self-publishing does. I think that I believed that I would lose a lot of my self-doubt and insecurities with a big publisher behind me, but the reality is that that’s an internal problem that I have to work on myself.
That’s it! What’s you’re favourite book set in the 1980s!