Next week, we’ll be sharing our brand new, exclusive interview with Black Heart author Holly Black — but we also chatted with Holly last year when the second book in the Curse Workers series first came out. So today, we’re taking a look at some of the highlights from last year’s chat:
My favorite pair of gloves would be thin black leather, very fitted. They would also have a few of the stitches picked out of one of the sides so that i could touch someone with my bare finger and get away with it.
What type of curse worker power would you most want to have? Why?
I think I would most want to be a powerful luck worker, because even though it’s a common power, I think it could be really useful, especially as a writer. Maybe I would luck into the perfect paragraph or the perfect plot or into write ten thousand words in a single day.
There aren’t many YA books about the mob. What inspired you to bring such a seedy element to the YA shelves?
I think of it as part of what I do to write about characters who are a little outside of the center. I had a memorable review say that I liked to write about the “scourge of society” and I guess that’s more or less true. When I was growing up, I spent a significant amount of time around hoodlums. A bunch of the people I used to hang out with are in jail and some of them are dead, so I think that I have a little grittier view of adolescence than some writers might.
If they made a Holly Black candle, what would it smell like?
Coffee, absinthe and the still-burning pages of a first draft.