TCWT: “What are your favorite book beginnings and/or endings?"
ZH: Well, I really love the beginning of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. It's just so witty and captivating that you can't help but read on. And for you more literary scholar people, it also uses indirect discourse to show the outrageous Mrs. Bennet's belief and objective that last throughout the whole novel.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
And then, for endings, I really like the controversial epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (and incidentally, the series). Some people didn't like it because spoiler:
TCWT: "What characters are you most like?"
ZH: I would say that there are multiple ones.
What characters are you resemble, or would like to be similar to?
TCWT: "What's one thing you wish you knew when you started writing?"
ZH: I would have loved if more people talked about importance of promoting your book while you were writing it. I didn't find this advice online until after I had already published The Belgrave Daughter and I think it would've really helped it make a bigger impact and make more sales. But, oh well, live and learn, right?
TCWT: “What are your thoughts on book-to-movie adaptions? Would you one day want your book made into a movie, or probably not?”
ZH: You may have missed My Top 10 YA Movie Adaptations, but I basically said that I treat the movie and books as separate entities. If one completely diverges from the other, I'm not happy, but usually, as long as the essence is captured, I'm okay if they gloss over some stuff. If my book were to become a movie, I'd want to be part of the process (like JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth have been for their series), but would be okay with changes being made.
TCWT: "What kinds of published books would you like to see more of?"
ZH: More fantasy (LOTR, Harry Potter, Graceling, etc). There's been too many paranormal romances and dystopian novels in the YA section. And a cross-genre NA novel. All of them are contemporary and it's kind of getting old. Books like Fire of Stars and Dragons are what I'm looking fore.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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