Becca Fitzpatrick debut novel, Hush, Hush (see my review here) hits stores October 13th! You can visit Becca on the web at http://beccafitzpatrick.com/
Everyone’s been buzzing about Hush, Hush. As the author how to does it
feel to have readers everywhere so excited for your book months before
I first started writing and submitting Hush, Hush in 2003, but it
didn’t sell until five years later. After so many years of rejection,
I wasn’t expecting much from Hush, Hush, but I loved it too much to
shelve it. Days before the book sold, I told a neighbor I’d sell it
for five dollars – I just wanted to see it in print. Hopefully that
gives you an idea of how wild this ride has been for me – after years
of rejection, there are people out there who are actually anticipating
reading it. It’s so unexpected and just plain awesome!
How did you come up with the title for Hush, Hush?
I had to scratch the original title of the book, because during the five years it took me to sell the book, a popular YA novel came out with the same title.
So I went back to the drawing board. I don’t remember having a
Eureka! moment when I knew I had to call the book Hush, Hush, but I do
remember thinking the foundation of the book is about secrets Patch is
keeping from Nora. Since the definition of the word hush is “to keep
concealed,” it just seemed to fit.
What was the hardest part of writing Hush, Hush for you?
The frustration of thinking I’d never get the story right! I spent five
years writing, submitting to agents, rewriting. Rinse and repeat.
During that time, I got a lot of positive feedback, but almost
everyone had problems with the plot. Plot is hard! Anyone who says
otherwise is lying :)
What’s been the most surprising thing for you along your route to
In March 2008, after years of struggling with the book’s
plot, I attended Left Coast Crime, a conference for mystery and
suspense writers. After Left Coast Crime, all the jumbled story
pieces I’d tried unsuccessfully to fit together in the past suddenly
lined up in order. I swear it was magic. I spent just over two
months rewriting the story based on the vision in my head, and
immediately signed with my agent.
Could you tell readers a little of what to expect with Crescendo, the
Patch and Nora’s romance is punchier and sexier, and Nora
finds herself doing the favor from hell for Patch. A few minor
characters return with much larger roles. Also, we learn what really
happened the night Nora’s dad was murdered…
If you could meet any writer in history who would it be?
Laura Ingalls Wilder. I can relate to her life story, and I love that we
both grew up on the prairie. I <3 the Midwest! Anything else you’d like to share?
Just to say thanks so much for interviewing me at The Book Cellar, Erica!