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Author Interview: Hannah Harrington & Giveaway! (INT'L & AUS/NZ)

20 Nov 2012

Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you an interview with the lovely Hannah Harrington, author of Saving June (2011) and Speechless (2012). I recently read reviewed Speechless - it was an incredibly powerful and engaging novel; I'd recommend it to everyone :) There is also a giveaway of 2 copies of the AU edition of Speechless for AUS/NZ residents only, courtesy of the lovely peeps at Harpequin Teen Australia. I'll also be giving away one paperback copy for my awesome international readers as well! 

Hannah Harrington
August 28th 2012
Harlequin Teen

Please describe Speechless in 5 words or less.

Words have power. Also, diners.

Chelsea’s vow of silence was certainly a very brave and praise-worthy decision. I personally can’t imagine keeping silent for so long! What’s the longest time you’ve been able to keep silent for?

I have never attempted a vow of silence! I like to think I could go at least a day... and then I remember how often I have to yell at my cats to behave, and I don't think I'd be able to do it!

Can you share your favourite quote(s) from Speechless.

I admit I really loved this one when I wrote it:

“I walk to my car without looking back, and as I drive away, I'm hit with a sudden wave of sadness. But it's a distant kind of sad - like when you look at your Barbies and realize you don't want to play with them anymore, because you're growing up and you've moved on, and in your heart you know it's time to make room for other things.” 

If Speechless were to be made into a movie, who would be your ideal cast?

I could see Emma Roberts as Chelsea and Darren Criss as Sam, but really I am not married to any dream casting!

If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?

Well, I do have a day job at an office, which isn't nearly as exciting, but I'd probably be doing that still! Writing is definitely "the dream job", and I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing with my life.

Can you tell us anything about your upcoming projects?

I am in the early stages of a third novel, which will be another contemporary romance! I love writing for that genre.

Shirley: YAYY! Another contemporary romance from Hannah? I CANNOT WAIT. No doubt it's going to be just as amazing as Hannah's first two books :)~

Hannah Harrington is a 25-year-old born and bred Michigander. She grew up in the town of East Grand Rapids before later moving to the Lansing area, where she currently resides with three cats and a black labrador, all of whom are named after famous musicians. She wrote her first book at age nine, a stunning, forty-page Call of the Wild/Black Beauty ripoff ode to her dead dog. She later attempted her second at fourteen (by longhand), but failed miserably. She got the idea for Saving June during the summer after high school, while living out of her car and working as a pizza cook. It wasn't until she was twenty-one that she decided to write a story around the scenes she'd scribbled into a notebook years before. Saving June, Hannah's first novel, was published by Harlequin Teen in 2011. Her next novel, Speechless, will be released in the US on August 28th, 2012. When she isn't busy writing like a crazy person, Hannah enjoys horseback riding, arguing about politics, watching documentaries, playing guitar (very badly), and speaking about herself in the third person.

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  1. I love that quote as well! Very smart! its nice that Hannah is having her dream job right now! Lovely interview Shirley!!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  2. Another contemporary romance?! I AM SO THERE!!! CAN I HAVE IT NOW?
    Or NOW?

    Hannah has so become one of my favourite contemp authors <3

    I love her answers to these and I love the quote she chose too. You know, I actually think I COULD manage a vow of silence. I talk a lot, but I'm also very comfortable with going days without saying a word. I kind of want to experiment and try it now to see what spiritually moving journey it will take me on :D

    Fabtastic interview, ladies!

  3. Another contemporary romance! YAY!!

    Love the interview! :) Ok, I must say I love that quote as well! It just speak so much of the novel. My favorite quote would be this though: "Hate's too easy. Love. Love takes courage." . And seriously I can't take a vow of silence to save my self.

  4. I enjoyed reading the interview! I'm so excited to read this books since it became out in the market. :)

    -Riz Bulatao

  5. I wouldn't make it very long with a vow of silence either I don't think. Well, I would if I didn't have dogs. I work from home so it would be fairly easy for me to get through a day without talking to people, but no way could I keep quiet around the dogs - they often need a talking to ;-) Thanks so much for the interview ladies!

  6. I don't think I could even manage a day without talking. It would be impossible for me! :) Lovely interview, Shirley and Hannah. I'm so excited about the mention of a third novel! :)

  7. Another contemporary romance? A thousand times YES! Lovely interview, Shirley. :) I adored Speechless and can't wait to read more of Hannah Harrington's works. Also, I can definitely see Emma Roberts playing the role of Chelsea in the book. :)

  8. great interview and thanks for the international giveaway


  9. I sure did! Now I'm even more excited about reading this book!

  10. I could not imagine myself remaining silent. SPEECHLESS looks like a fabulous read.

  11. I loved that quote! Loved this book. Why have I STILL not written the review for it? D: Nice interview. Oh I just loved it loved it loved it! Yeah, that's all. :P

  12. Interesting that you get success but still need a day job. Great interview. Good Luck to Hannah with all her future writings.

  13. Love this interview and this book! Hannah never seems to disappoint so that makes me want her next book even more. Plus, it's another contemporary romance - yay!

  14. The quote was lovely! And I definitely dont think I could take on a vow of silence! Love ethe interview and I'm looking forward to reading Speechless!!

  15. Ha, the question about the vow of silence made me laugh. I'm a teacher, so definitely couldn't be silent during the week, but could probably manage the two days of the weekend. :)

  16. This looks so interesting! A vow of silence seems impossible.

    Reading Saving June atm and loving Hannah's writing so I'm gonna check this out.

  17. I have got to read Speechless one of these days! Also, that quote is beautiful and so true. Also yay for more contemporary, I sure cannot get enough of the genre. =D

    Cool interview and thank you for the international giveaway.

  18. My favourite genre is YA contemporary, so I don't know why I have yet to read a book by Hannah yet, but I am excited to, as the premise of this book sounds really interesting and her interview just makes me want to read it even more. :)


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