08-31-2009 02:29 PM
First I just wanted to say that I love that you not only grew up on Nancy Drew but Trixie Belden books. I loved Trixie when I was growing up and still have all the books as well as Nancy Drew.
Also I wanted to say that I loved this book. I'm not big into paranormal, nor do I read much YA, but this was excellent!
Now for my question, was it your idea to change the ending? I like it as it is but will be interested in the change.
08-31-2009 02:32 PM
Thanks so much for the congratulations - I still have days where I can't believe my book is going to be published. That new and exciting feeling hasn't worn off yet
I just mentioned this to Vermontcozy, but in case you miss my response, I'll add it here too.
The very first inspiration for HUSH, HUSH came from an experience in my own tenth-grade biology class. We must have been studying human reproduction, because my teacher asked me, in front of the whole class, to name characteristics I would be attracted to in a mate (really!) I sat next to a cute boy, and the thought of naming characteristics I might look for in a mate was a humiliation I was not about to subject myself to. But the experience always stuck with me, and when I sat down to write HUSH, HUSH, that little piece of my history evolved into an early scene in the book. If you've read past page 40, you probably know which scene I'm talking about!
My favorite authors are: Diana Gabaldon, Sandra Brown, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jane Austen, Karen Joy Fowler, Melissa Marr, J.D. Robb, Sharon Kay Penman, Laura Kinsale, Mary Stewart...I just realized I'm naming all women! How about a few men? C.S. Lewis, Thomas Harris, and Ben Mezrich.
What about you? Who are your favorite authors?
08-31-2009 02:43 PM
I write for YA because my own teen years had such an impact on who I am today. My husband has a hard time remembering much from his high school years, but most of my memories come from who I was at 15, 16 and 17 years old. When I started writing HUSH, HUSH, I had no doubt that the story would be about teens. When I was in high school, it seemed like every day was full of new possibilities. Those years were fun, complex and even horrific at times. Now that I'm an adult, I feel like I have life all figured out. (I don't, but I feel like I do, ha!) Yes, there are still surprises and twists, but I know who I am and where I'm going. I couldn't have said those same things with such certainty when I was 16. I think I write YA, because I like revisiting those chaotic years...and wondering, what if?
P.S. Glad you're enjoying the book! When you're tempted to read fast, just remember all those years it took me to write the book . Actually, I'm probably the only one who thinks that way: How can people read in two or three days what took me five years to write?!
08-31-2009 02:48 PM
Okay, here's the truth, but I'm warning you, it's kind of silly! When I was eight, I watched Romancing the Stone for the first time. Kathleen Turner's character plays a romance novelist who flies to Colombia to rescue her sister from Bad Guys, and ends up finding romance and danger that surpasses anything she's ever written. As soon as I saw the movie, there was no turning back. I knew I wanted to be an author. Of course, I thought all writers hunted for treasure in Colombia with a sexy, mysterious guy who wears crocodile boots!
As I grew up, I forgot about my dream of becoming a writer, and actually considering applying to become a spy for the CIA. Then I read BLOWING MY COVER: MY LIFE AS A CIA SPY by Lindsay Moran and changed my mind. I graduated from college with a degree in Community Health, and then went to work as a teacher/secretary/accountant for an alternative high school. It wasn't until my husband signed me up for a writing class for my twenty-fourth birthday that I started writing.
P.S. And you're not alone regarding Patch - most people tell me he's their favorite
08-31-2009 02:49 PM
My name is Alysse and I love your book, Hush, Hush. I've reasd it twice
What gave you the idea to write Hush, Hush?
My favorite book/book series before Hush, Hush was the Twilight Series. But Hush, Hush was amazing. Everything fit together perfectly. The Twilight series is nothing compared to Hush, Hush .(no offence Stephanie).
Well, I enjoyed Hush, Hush a lot and I hope others will enjoy it as much as I did!
One of your biggest fans,
08-31-2009 02:56 PM
Thanks for the welcome, Wendy!
I'm glad you're finding the book unputdownable - that makes my day!
On to your questions:
I had to scratch the original title of the book, because during the 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 keeps from Nora. Since the definition of the word hush is “to keep concealed,” it just seemed to fit.
Truth be told, I didn't set out to write a book about fallen angels. All I I knew was that I wanted Patch to be the ultimate bad boy...but with a twist. He hadn't always been bad. In fact, at one point, he'd been really good, and something had caused this big change. While pondering what had caused Patch's fall from grace, the metaphor of “falling” that I was carrying around in my head became something quite literal – a fallen angel. Since I already knew Patch was going to be the ultimate bad boy, this revelation seemed perfect – after all, fallen angels are the original bad boys.
And, yes! This is Book One in a series - I'm working on the sequel, Crescendo, right now. Well, not right now, but you know what I mean
08-31-2009 03:13 PM
I know every writer has a different opinion on how to handle sex in YA, but for me, I like to keep it PG-13. In other words, I'm not going to be writing sex scenes in any of my books . Teens are bright intelligent people and can handle mature topics, but I feel a responsibility not to make it gratuitous. I'd feel the same way if I were writing adult books. Of course, opinions on this are going to vary widely from one author to another.
In HUSH, HUSH, Patch was banished because he wanted to be human so he could be with a mortal woman, but in fact, he could have become a fallen angel for succumbing to any of the seven deadly sins. For instance, some of the angels fell because they wanted to rule Earth as their own (greed).
Excellent question, by the way!
08-31-2009 03:15 PM
Thank you for the amazing and insightful questions! I'm going to take a little break now (back to writing Crescendo, the sequel to Hush, Hush), but I'll be back tonight, never fear!
08-31-2009 03:21 PM
Hi Becca Fitzpatrick
my name is LaKitta from Conway, SC. I really love the book HUSH HUSH. I wish it did not end I also wish I did not read it so fast. When I read HUSH HUSH I could see everything like it was a movie playing like I was really there with Patch and Nora. I was wondering how different is the ending from the ARC? ALSO THANKS FOR WRITING SUCH A GREAT BOOK!
08-31-2009 04:03 PM
Hi Becca! I loved the book! I Will be recommending it to everyone. You mentioned it took you 5 years to write; however, Crescendo is coming out next year, so did you find the second book much easier to write? Did you learn a lot by writing book one or was it just having the characters completely fleshed out that made it move along more quickly?
08-31-2009 04:29 PM
Hi Becca,We have a Ben and Jerrys here in Manchester Vt..I know what you mean..I stay away,for the most part..I am just assuming that your summer in Vt was wonderful.........I hope you have a chance to visit again....The Fall is amazing,and Our Bookstore in Manchester..Northshire Bookstore is just..very upscale and down to earth at the same time..The Hub of our community(we have a Cafe there as well)..if you visit It will be hard for you to leave..Hush,Hush really caught me off guard.. This YA FirstLook Book Club was reccomended by a BNer friend...I was looking for a new Book,and a here you are. Becca,I love the first 9 Chapters,and will savior the rest...You must realize by now that we are ballistic readers,very honest and hope that yu become part of our Community..which of course you are now..I am intriqued by Chauncy,Patch ,Nora and Vee..your book brings back memories for me as well,and I am 49,with a 24 yr old Daughter..Timeless..I like the protection from Evil concerning Nora,still have no idea who or what she is being protected from and whom....i love learning new tibbits of info and the Auction Idea,very creative...Lucky us....Trailor is great,and will visit your website tonight.....The Cover Art ..I want a poster....will buy book once it is released,and will hopefully get to a book signing......Being a Mom,well I look at all the YA in Hush,Hush as having issues,and secrets....Love that....Have a Great time with us..we appreciate your time....VTC.....Will put your new Hair goodies in my Book..just in case....
08-31-2009 05:26 PM
I just LOVE your book, I was reading last night to get to chapter nine and I didn't want to put it down. Patch so far is probably my favorite character because he is so mysterious. I really enjoy reading about mysterious characters!
My question is how did you come up with the ideas for your book? Did all of your inspiration somehow relate to something that happened to you? I was just wondering, because I have tried a few free writing pieces and I can never come up with anything over a page, and I also have troubles writing for class unless the topic is assigned.
08-31-2009 05:26 PM
I'm Yojana from California. First off, I had to admire the great story that you set in Hush, Hush. Its so real and it easily captured me to the point I could not stop reading until I finished the book. It was great!
My question to you is, how come you didn't let Patch become human, but decided instead to let him become Nora's personal guardian angel? And how does that work? Is he no longer a fallen angel? Oh, and one last question, please tell me this was not the only book you are going to write about Patch and Nora, will there be more?
08-31-2009 06:04 PM
I do find the book very interesting. I can see the science class ( I taught 7 and 8 grade math and science). Curious about why fallen angels. I like that it's a different spin than vampires. I also like the intro for giving background info for those who might not know about fallen angels.
Thank for a good read
08-31-2009 06:06 PM
Hi Becca, my name is Bonnie and I just wanted to say that I loved "Hush,Hush". But I have to know, are we going to have more Patch!! I loved him as a character and would be absolutely thrilled if I new we would have more Patch. Of course I would like to see the other characters as well. Also,what gave you inspiration for the cover,which is great by the way. Did you pick the cover yourself? Well, if you could answer my questions that would be great and good luck!
08-31-2009 06:09 PM
I am one of 'those' who read the Hush, hush rather quickly ( I did put it down to go to sleep!). I thoroughly enjoyed it and and will eagerly await the sequel. I appreciate that you are willing to keep your books PG-13; it's very difficult to recommend R-rated books to teens!
i think that Hush, hush will become a very, VERY popular book among teens!
My question: What prompted your use of Maine as the setting? I have my own thoughts as to why I would use it, but would like to hear yours!
Lisa (from NC)
-Sir Richard Steele
08-31-2009 06:11 PM - edited 08-31-2009 06:29 PM
This is seriously one of my favorites books, I absolutly loved it!
and i am looking forward to discussing it!
Congrats! youre book is amazing, and its going to be published!
I found it VERY hard to put it down. Just recently i started actually writing own storries, poetry, etc. I hope one day to be published too. and youre brilliant at twists, which is one of my pluses, and you kept me wanting more.
08-31-2009 06:57 PM
I just got my copy today and I plan on staying up all night to read this since I have heard nothing but FAB reviews! My question is this:
Have you thought about submitting your book for a movie? Are there going to be more in the series? What other books have you wrote?
okay thats three questions but I am curious!!LOL
08-31-2009 07:01 PM
my name is jessica
and I was wondering how much influence your life had on this story?
My favorite series used to only be about vampires and werewolfs, but now this is my new favorite book
Running away like dying is easy its living thats hard
-The Black Stallion
Emmett is a Sexy Beast
08-31-2009 07:27 PM
Hi Becca, and congratulations!
I have perused your website and blog, and am pleased to see that a sequel is coming out next year. Although I haven't been able to find any specific details (I'm sure that's still very Hush, Hush ), I'm assuming the sequel continues the story of Nora and Patch. Have you considered writing a prequel that details Patch's fall from grace and his subsequent encounters? I am dying to know his whole history (though I'd settle on just seeing more flashbacks to the historical perspective established in the Prologue).
I enjoyed this book very much, and didn't sleep until I finished it! I am already getting the staff at my store excited for this upcoming release, and am eager to share my ARC with them at the conclusion of the book club discussions.