Have you been writing for a long time?
I started writing when I was thirteen and now I’m sixteen so it’s been exactly two years and almost eleven full months since I decided I wanted to start writing. (New year’s 2013)
What inspired you to start a writing career?
I had been writing poetry for a while before then but I had always loved telling stories and making them up in my head. I was also an avid reader, up until I started writing my own books. I’ve just always loved the idea of creating a story. There are a lot of things you can’t control, but writing isn’t one of them. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best, or if everyone loves it, or even if it makes sense. No one can tell you you’re doing it wrong. Writing has kind of become my coping mechanism.
Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?
Quantum is the first in the Quantum series, which will include six more books for a total of seven.
Why did you choose this genre?
I love books and movies in this genre. There’s so much potential with books like this, so much action and adventure that you can pile on every page that it’s as much fun to write as it is to read. Those are the books that I like to write because it isn’t something that I can go out and do in my regular life, it’s something way bigger than that.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Keep trying. I’m going to be brutally honest with you here because no one was ever that way with me. When I first started writing I had a checklist. Write. Done. Edit. Done. Get publisher. Not done. So I waited and waited and waited. But that’s the hardest step. You don’t just get a publisher. So here is my brutally honest, reality – facing advice. You’re going to be told no, a lot. For every yes there will be a hundred no’s and that’s not a bad thing. That just means that you’re waiting for the right person. Don’t just jump at the first opportunity either. I’ve had other opportunities, to sign with other publishers and do other things but don’t lose yourself in the fame because it’s not about being famous, it’s about the writing. Being an author is a career for a lot of people, it’s the same as being an accountant. It will be incredibly difficult to find an agent, even harder to find a publisher. The easiest part will be the writing but if you’re confident in your story, then the thing about those really good stories is that they demand to be told. One way or another, they’ll find their way out.
About the Book
Author: Hannah Godard
Genre: Young Adult
Nothing is more glamorous than the CIA … at least for Clara. All she wants is excitement and adventure, to help people … and to be a part of something bigger than life.
At nineteen, she leaves everything she’s ever had behind to join the CIA with her boyfriend Ross. But when the agency starts to fall away like shattered glass, Clara and her team get thrown into the biggest mission ever to hit the agency. How will they deal with the pressure?
Clara has all her cards out on the table and she’s trying to keep them all in place … except she can’t hold them all down on her own. She’s trained and she’s ready … but something isn’t right. Is the real way to win the game not to play it, or is the trick not to play it for too long?
Hannah Godard was born and raised in the small town of Cochrane, Alberta where she is currently a grade eleven student. She continues to chase a life of creativity and imagination, creating characters to take her on adventures and maybe learn something from them along the way. She writes to tell the greatest stories that have yet to be told and create a spark in which to lighten up the world. Hannah credits her dad for teaching her everything she knows about the world, from politics to drive and perseverance. Without him, she would be a very different person.
Quantum is her first novel and the first in the Quantum series. It came to life in the same way as many other novels do, in third period Social Studies class. This class was spent with three out of four of her best friends, laughing, creating businesses, and being creative. It was the one class where she could be a kid, where people didn’t tell her words could only mean one thing, and where they could all be creative. It started as a joke, as a simple question; what if I was in the CIA? From that point on Hannah developed the character of Clara, with the help of her friends, and soon the story came to life. Each person who she knows, no matter how small, is somehow put into the novel, worked into the story line, because what they say is true: we write what we know.
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