Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Chanda Hahn!
Chanda Hahn is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Reign An Unfortunate Fairy Tale. She also writes the Iron Butterfly series. She uses her experience as a children’s pastor, children’s librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? No, I actually wanted to be an agent or a book reviewer as a kid. I didn’t know what to call it at the time. When I was ten, I just wanted to read books all day and tell people if they were good or not. I worked at Barnes and Noble and later was a children’s librarian, before I became an author. So I feel like I hit it pretty close.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I chose to write young YA or what I call teen, because when I was a librarian it was hard for me to find clean teen fantasy with a bit of romance that was appropriate for schools and libraries. So I decided to just write what I couldn’t find.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Hot wiring a bus, how to electrocute someone in an alley and hacking an Xbox.
What are you currently working on? I’m working on Lost Boy the sequel to Lost Girl. Lost Boy will be coming out in June of 2017. [Clapping my hands together like a kid at Christmas time.]
What was the hardest story for you to write? The story that I’m currently working on is always the hardest to write. I find myself distracted and wanting to work on other books that are still in the planning stages.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I usually know the beginning and the end of every book I start. I generally know the plot but whenever I try to write it down and follow an outline…I veer off of it. I keep a notebook of ideas and characters for every book.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? I love Charlie from UnEnchanted. An 8-year-old boy that doesn’t speak and has to communicate through sign language, his unique clothes and his attitude. You always know what he is thinking even though he is silent.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? All the time. I keep writing and set word count goals for the week. When I get them done, I will reward myself with something.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Nan Taylor is my mini me. She’s quirky, fun but also has her quiet moments.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I will probably always write YA, but I would love to write mystery. I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and mystery and thriller books.
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What is your favorite color? Teal
When you’re not writing… Writing has been my full time career ever since I hit publish with my first book, UnEnchanted in 2012. I’m lucky because it allows me to work my writing around my kid’s schedule and summer breaks.
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Thanks for hanging out with me today, my friend. It was great!
Join me next week when Laura Hawks will be stopping by.