I’m super excited to present this Q&A with Freeks author, Amanda Hocking!! Keep an eye out for my review for the book, it’ll be up soon!
What kind of research was involved in writing Freeks?
Freeks was relatively light on research compared to some of my more recent books. But the first thing I did before I started writing was created a 1987 guide for myself, with all pop culture and tech info that was available for that year. That was the biggest thing – just making sure that everything I mention actually existed in that year.
Then I did research on carnivals and sideshows, and I also had to do some about Mara’s family and history.
In your opinion, what makes a female character ‘strong’?
Strength – especially in regards to teenage girls – can be a very complicated idea. It’s not just a matter of physically kicking butt (although that can be part of it). I think strong female character should be resilient and have an active role in their own life. What makes someone strong, I think, is having an idea of their own, and their willingness to act on it. And that can be seen in mundane tasks – like deciding to order pizza for supper – or big ones – like deciding to overthrow a tyrannical government.
Of all your books published, which would be your favourite cover?
My favorite cover has to be the US version of Tidal, the third book in the Watersong series. It’s the only one that I had a real clear vision of exactly what I wanted, and they captured it perfectly. But in general, I love all my covers. There have also been some really beautiful, interesting takes on foreign covers, which is always fun to see.
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Published January 31, 2017 by Pan Australia
RRP AUD $16.99
The Carnival is all she’s ever known – but an old terror could tear it down.
In the spring of 1982, the carnival comes to small-town Cauldry, Louisiana. Then events take a dangerous turn. For Mara Besnick, the carnival is home. It’s also a place of secrets, hidden powers and a buried past – making it hard to connect with outsiders. However, sparks fly when she meets local boy Gabe Alvarado. As they become inseparable, Mara realises Gabe is hiding his own secrets. And his family legacy could destroy Mara’s world.
They find the word ‘freeks’ sprayed on trailers, as carnival employees start disappearing. Then workers wind up dead, killed in disturbing ways by someone or something. Mara is determined to unlock the mystery, with Gabe’s help. But can they really halt this campaign of fear?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Hocking is twenty-six years old, lives in Minnesota and had never sold a single book before 15 April 2010. She will shortly sell her millionth. Her books have been a self-publishing phenomenon – according to the Observer, Amanda is “the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks”. In her own words, Amanda is an Obsessive Tweeter. John Hughes mourner. Unicorn enthusiast. Red Bull addict. Muppets activist. Fraggin Aardvarks guitarist. Author of the USA Today bestselling books the Trylle Trilogy.