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15 March 2018

Q&A with Alwyn Hamilton

Alwyn Hamilton is the bestselling author of the Rebel of the Sands trilogy and an all round wonderful person (I know this from first hand experience). So when I heard she was going to be taking part in University of Central Lancashire BA in Publishing's Northern Young Adult Literature Festival I jumped at the opportunity to ask her some questions.

Q&A with Alwyn Hamilton

Can you describe the Rebel of the Sands series in five words?
Wild West Meets Arabian Nights.

What was your favourite book to write?
I loved writing TRAITOR TO THE THRONE. I had so many exciting ideas for it that had been brewing through the whole long process of writing REBEL so I was very glad to get those on the page. And also because it was my first time writing a book to deadline and I felt very accomplished doing it.

Which of your characters would you most like to sit down and have a cuppa with?
Shazad and Sam would definitely be my top picks.

Do you think you could survive in the world you created? Who would you want by your side?
One time, when I had the flu on tour, I struggled to walk across the airport. It was about 500 meters. So I definitely don't think I could survive walking across a whole desert like Amani did! But If I had to I would want Shazad by my side. She'd keep me going.  

Are you a planner or a pantser?
I'm a daydreamer. I daydream the pillars of the plot that I'd most like to write and then figure out how they should all link together, so it is all mostly in my head when I start writing. 

What is your favourite thing about writing?
The "click" moments. The moments when something that was evading your grasp, a character trait, a plot twist, whatever it might be, clicks into place, and suddenly everything is flowing. 

Finally, what are you working on now? What can we expect from you in the future?
I am working a new YA Fantasy Duology. And for now that's all I can say ;-)

Northern YA Lit Fest

Northern YA Literary Festival

University of Central Lancashire, in association with their new BA in Publishing, are hosting The Northern Young Adult Literature Festival on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 53 Degrees in Preston. Doors open at 10am, with the events staggered throughout the day. Best of all, it's free!

Alwyn Hamilton will be talking about the epic conclusion to her hugely popular Rebel of the Sands story: Hero at the Fall. She’ll be around before and after for signing sessions.


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