Tara Hudson's debut, Hereafter, is a haunting and beautiful debut that you won't want to miss. We are thrilled to have her here with us today and hope that you enjoy the interview.
BCM: You mention you got into a lot of trouble for reading books that you weren't supposed to be reading at school. Can you name a few for us?
TH: The biggest culprits were The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder and anything by Roald Dahl. And…um…most of Christopher Pike’s books, which were WAY too mature for my reading level at the time!
BCM: How does writing legal memos compare with writing fiction? (I was a paralegal before deciding to stay at home with my two sons, so I think I know how this answer will play out. It couldn't be more different, right?)
TH: You’re right – legal writing is so different from fiction writing! So much sparser and more economical (or at least, it should be). I’d argue that it’s much colder, too, although some of my attorney-friends might disagree. However, I find that my legal background does help me choose my words more carefully in my fiction.
BCM: What are three books that you've read recently and absolutely loved?
TH: Die For Me, by Amy Plum (a fellow Harper Dark Days-er); Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake; and Karen Russell’s book of short stories, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (which was a reread, technically)
BCM: What scene surprised you most when writing Hereafter?
TH: Amelia’s death scene. That was a really hard one to write, and I ended up revising it more than a few times. Every version took an emotional toll on me, but I’m really pleased with the results.
BCM: We know that the second book in the Hereafter trilogy is to be named Arise (I LOVE THIS!). When can we expect the second and third novels be released?
TH: I don’t have any official release dates yet, but I think ARISE will probably come out in Summer 2012, and the third book in the Hereafter Trilogy will be released Summer 2013. Dark books for sunshiny days!
BCM: If you were a cookie, what kind would you be and why?
TH: A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup one! A little salty, a little sweet, and, too often, decadent.
BCM: Thank you so much for the interview, Tara!
TH: You’re welcome, Cindy. :)
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