Long before I had the pleasure of reading Jennifer Hubbard's poignant novel, The Secret Year, I developed admiration and respect for her through her insightful and encouraging blog entries. If you haven't already read her debut novel or become a follower of her blog, I strongly recommend you do both.
Jennifer was gracious and kind enough to take a moment to answer a few questions here.
Favorite thing about writing a first draft: It can be as sloppy, rambling, or weird as necessary. There are no rules. It doesn’t have to be good until later!
Best thing about writing for kids and/or teens: The books we read when we’re young stay with us. Young readers have an enthusiasm for books that is amazing and refreshing and very satisfying.
One word that describes your path to publication: Roller-coaster. (I think many writers would choose this word!)
If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and a: philanthropist.
Best thing about being a child: Being allowed, even encouraged, to play.
Worst thing about being a child: You have so little control over your life, yet everyone keeps telling you how great you have it.
Best thing about being a teenager: School vacations, especially summer; having close friends; having so many possibilities for the future
Worst thing about being a teenager: Acne and homework
Most memorable teen moment: One of the most memorable was standing on the football field at graduation, trying hard to believe that: 1) the sun was shining even though we had dared to have an outdoor ceremony; and 2) high school was really over.
A quote I live by: Do not wait until you are thirsty to dig the well.
My dream vacation: An around-the-world trip that hits mountains, desert, ocean, and forests.
If you'd like the chance to win a copy of THE SECRET YEAR please leave a comment below and check back next Wednesday to see if you're the one.
Jennifer R. Hubbard is the author of the young-adult novel, The Secret Year, and the forthcoming Try Not to Breathe. She blogs at http://jenniferrhubbard.blogspot.com and http://writerjenn.livejournal.com