About the book:
Fifteen year old Callie just wants to impress the popular girls when she buys a pair of Prada heels on her class trip to London. She didn’t plan on tripping, conking her head, and waking up in 1815! Now she’s wearing corsets with her designer pumps, eating bizarre soups, and breaking up engagements. If only the nineteen year old Duke of Harksbury wasn’t so bloody annoying, she might have a little fun in Austen-Era England…
An Interview with Mandy Hubbard:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Mandy: I loved THE SADDLE CLUB and THOROUGHBRED becuase they had horses, and FEAR STREET by R.L. Stine because they were creepy, and SWEET VALLEY HIGH because it had romance.
Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Mandy: They've evolved. A LOT. YA novels now offer so much more than they did 10-15 years ago! I like edgier, older stuff, I enjoy the crass humor found in some of them. I've also dabbled in a little regular romance books.
Me: What was your favorite part of writing PRADA AND PREJUDICE, and what was the hardest?
Mandy: My favorite part was the times Callie & Alex, the Duke, were in the same room. No matter what I WANTED to happen in that scene, Callie would gravitate toward him. The hardest parts were making them hate each other... I wanted them to make out the moment they met. ;-)
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Mandy: I think we all feel shy or insecure in moments. I had to really draw on that and multiply it over many times to create Callie.
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Mandy: Getting the email that told me my agent was expecting multiple offers was amazing. I couldn't hear anything over my own heartbeat; it was like the world stopped! The scariest thing for me was that I had only one chance to nail my revisions or my book would be pushed back an entire year. Luckily my editor felt it was ready!
Me: What are you working on now?
Mandy: At the moment, I'm drafting RIPPLE, a paranormal romance. I'll have to set it aside very soon, once we determine which book will be my second book with my current publisher. Hopefully it'll be due out Summer 2010--- keep an eye on my website for any updates!
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Mandy! More interviews to come later this month. :)