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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Anastasia Hopcus

Today is release day for Shadow Hills!! YAY! I have been waiting forever to read this! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!! So let's celebrate with an author interview! Anastasia was kind enough to agree to an interview so let's get started!

To start off, welcome and can you tell the readers a little about yourself? 
I'm from Austin, Texas, but I also lived for a couple of years in LA.  I love music and TV shows on DVD.  I love horror movies and cemeteries, but I hate haunted houses. I always liked to play dress up when I was little, and since my birthday (October 22nd) was right before Halloween, my birthday parties were usually in costume. 
Can you tell us a little about your upcoming or latest release? 
My upcoming novel is Shadow Hills.  It's actually my debut novel. :)  It's a YA mystery with a paranormal twist.  My main character, Phe, has been having cryptic dreams, much like the ones her sister had before she died a year ago.  Phe decides to attend Devenish Prep, the boarding school that her sister mentioned in her last diary entry.  There Phe is drawn to the mysterious and handsome Zach Redford, but he is hiding secrets of his own. 
I am a fly on your wall.  What would I report back to my master of your daily schedule?
I get up and spend several hours waking up.  Part of that process includes making coffee with my Chemex coffeemaker, which takes a good thirty minutes, at least.  I check my emails and my twitter.  Then I'll usually sit down and work for awhile.  I finally have a house with an office, but I often find myself working from my living room on my couch, anyway.  I'll eventually scrounge up something to eat, usually a microwave dinner of some sort.  Then I'll write for a few more hours until my boyfriend gets off work, and then we'll usually watch something on DVD.  If it's a weekend, we'll do something a tad more exciting, like going to a movie at Alamo Drafthouse, where you can have dinner and drinks while watching the newest releases.  Or, if I'm really lucky, one of my favorite bands will be in town, and we'll go see a show.  
When you are not writing, what kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any favorite authors, that are must reads? 
I love to read YA, but unfortunately I don't get to read as much as I'd like.  A few of the books I've really enjoyed recently have been Shade, Beautiful Creatures, Shiver, Shadowed Summer, and The Body Finder.

What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a new book? 
I like to have a notebook, index cards, and different colored pens to jot down and keep different plot lines organized.

Do you have a blog or website that your readers can keep up with you and your books?  Twitter? 
Yes, I have lots of ways to keep up with me:  www.anastasiahopcus.com; my Twitter is http://twitter.com/anastasiahopcus; my blog is at www.hopcusblog.com.

Now for some fun stuff:
1. What came first--the chicken or the egg? the egg
2. Edward Cullen or Jacob Black?  Edward Cullen
3. Quick showers or Long Baths?  quick showers
4. Sunrise or Sunset? sunset

Favorite perfume: Armani She
Favorite TV show: Vampire Diaries
Favorite Movie: I have too many favorite movies to pick just one, but Garden State, Adventureland, and Sherlock Holmes are front runners.
Favorite Drink:  coffee
Favorite Dessert: All of them---I love sweets.

Thanks for joining us on My Overstuffed Bookshelf!!


Blogger katsrus said...

Enjoyed your interview. Your book sounds really good.
Sue B

July 13, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

Great interview! Anastasia is so nice! I won a copy of Shadow Hills I hope to start SOON!

July 14, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Chas @ LLL Reviews said...

I always love when authors tell us about their novel. it gives readers a better perspective of what to expect!=)

Mahalo for the great interview!

July 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
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July 20, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Laura Elizabeth said...

This is just awesome, I am so excited for you. As a fellow author, mother and wife I can relate!!!

July 20, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

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