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Interview: Holly Black

August 8th, 2007 (09:10 pm)
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Please do not confuse Holly Black with my black cat, Holly. One writes books. The other likes to sit on books. Okay, maybe the author does like sit on books and I just don't know it.

In any event, Holly Black has many, many events on her calendar. On behalf of readergirlz, postergirlz, and Bildungsroman, I thank her for squeezing this Q&A into her schedule.

Describe yourself as a teenager.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

hbteen

I read a ton of high fantasy and vampire books, wore lots of dragon necklaces and lots of black eyeliner. I hoped desperately that I would find people that were like me and liked the things that I liked. I did a lot of stupid things in high school to try and find those people. One of the best things about being a professional writer is that I really do feel like I've made a lot of great friends.

If you weren't a writer, you would be . . .

A YA librarian. I finished all but my last class at Rutgers to get my MLIS, but then I went on tour for Spiderwick and could never seem to get it together to go back and take cataloging.

If you were a fairy, you would be able to . . .

Live forever and ever.

If you could be a fly on the wall as someone turns the final page of Ironside, you'd love to hear the reader say . . .

Ha! Nice things, I guess. I hope they're pleased about the choices the characters made, pleased about the things those characters discovered about themselves, each other and the world. And I'd like them to laugh at how Kaye solved the riddle.

Ack! I can't say too much more without giving spoilers, but I think the characters in Ironside grow in interesting ways and their relationships evolve. As someone said to me at Readercon, all the things that Kaye thought were interesting and mysterious in Tithe annoy the h&!! out of her in Ironside. Their relationship has to grow past being a kind of mutual obsession.

And Corny, well, I owed Corny a lot.

If you had the Sight, would you regard it as a superpower or a curse?

Both, I think.

I'd love to visit Fantastica in The NeverEnding Story - referred to as Fantasia in the film adaptation - or Strangewood from Christopher Golden's book of the same title. If you could enter a mythological world other than those you've created, where would you go?

I think I would be tempted to visit a lot of places that would be ill-advised. I would be tempted to go to Michael Moorcock's Melbione, for example, despite the fact that I would probably be gutted within minutes of arriving and my tendons used to make some new kind of musical instrument. Or Tanith Lee's Don't Bite the Sun (lush setting! body swapping!), but her characters are often cold-blooded sociopaths so I worry that I would become lonely and paranoid. Rowling's world seems like it would be fun (think of the shopping!) until I realize that I'm a Muggle.

I guess I would most like to go to Charles de Lint's Newford, because I would get to have lots of artistic friends, the strong possibility of numinous mystical experiences, plenty of coffee, and a high expectation of being pretty safe. Also, because it's in Canada, I would have health insurance.

How are things on the Spiderwick front? New series, new movie . . . anything you care to share? (And share the griffin, please. I'll take really good care of him.)

You are welcome to Byron if you can pry him away from Simon. I think Ms. Helen Grace would be relieved and her food bill would be significantly reduced.

I can tell you that the Spiderwick movie is coming out in February, the trailer is up already and I think it looks really great. Tony and I went to a screening of the rough cut and it was awesome! There's still some more editing to be done, but I think Spiderwick readers are really going to like it. People ask, so I should say that the movie is made up of scenes from all five of the books and while not everything made it in, a lot did. I think it will remind people most strongly of Book 2: The Seeing Stone. And Byron made it into the movie! He looks very cute.

The first book of the new Spiderwick cycle, The Nixie's Song, comes out in September of this year. I just got a finished copy of it and it looks lovely -- the watery marks on the back cover are perfect. I hope that people like it as much as they liked the first series.

What are your ten favorite books of all-time?

This was really, really hard and my choices are in no particular order:

1. The Perilous Gard by Elisabeth Marie Pope
2. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
3. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats
4. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
5. Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint
6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
7. Tales from the Flat Earth by Tanith Lee
8. Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee
9. Faust by Goethe
10. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Thanks again to Holly Black for stopping by. Gee, I hope I didn't take her away from a dinner engagement with the fey. (Wait! Don't eat the fairy food! No! Don't eat the -- )

Holly's newest novel, Ironside, is the readergirlz pick of the month for August 2007.

Visit Holly's website and LiveJournal.

Comments

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)

Dude, I went to college with her. I don't know if I knew her, but she went to the College of New Jersey during my extensive tenure. ;) (She might have just missed Leona from the So-Cal Bronzers by a semester)

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)

And also, a Spiderwick flyer came in the box with my Harry Potter book. I knew the name sounded familiar.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)

Oooh, nice cross-promotion.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)

The world is small.

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)

I learned that when driving to Viva Las Buffy '98 with Leona and finding out that we went to school together for two years and that I knew her old roommate. :)

Posted by: Holly Black (blackholly)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)

You were at TCNJ?

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)

Yep. 1988-1997 though often one class at a time. Did you know anyone in Alpha Psi Chi fraternity?

Posted by: Holly Black (blackholly)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)

I don't think so. I hung out with the Wiccans.

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)

Ah. I have no idea if I knew any of them. In that case the other way people met me was that from 92-94 I worked for Roccos pizza, right down the street (Across for Slocums bar and bowling alley). Unfortunately, I lived about the place so that, even on my days off, 50% of the deliveries were done by me. ;)

Still, you're only the second alumni I've "run into" not via something to do with the school. So that's cool. :)

Posted by: Holly Black (blackholly)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)

What was your major?

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)

Poli Sci with a communications minor - though I was more likely to be found in the Rat. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)

Holly, meet Becker. Becker, Holly.

Posted by: Holly Black (blackholly)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the introduction. :D

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)

You are welcome.

This is fun to watch/read/hear...

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)

Thanks. ;)

Posted by: Jeannine Garsee (onegrapeshy)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)

That picture is PRICELESS. And exactly how I'd have pictured her then!
Go, Holly!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)

I am touched that she shared that with me. Awesome.

Posted by: Tiffany Trent (tltrent)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)

Amazing, as always. The picture especially rocked. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

. . . and now that it's August, YOUR interview time approacheth!

Posted by: Tiffany Trent (tltrent)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)

Sweet! :)

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
dark-glasses

Very fun interview!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)

Thanks!

Posted by: readergirlz (readergirlz)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)

Great interview, LW! Thanks for sharing, Holly. I love getting a better and better picture of you!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)

:)

Posted by: Holly Black (blackholly)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)

Crap! The Perilous Guard actually has no "u" in it. It's Gard. I am an idiot.

Change, please?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 9th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)

Fixed. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 10th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
TadMack says:

Aaaahh! How could I have MISSED THIS!?!
Great interview!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 10th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says:

Thank you. :)

Posted by: Gabrielle (crazy_gabrielle)
Posted at: August 15th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)

Great interview. Love the teenager picture. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 16th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback. :)

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