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Tour: Interview & Giveaway: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Today I'm a tour stop for Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz. I had a chance to interview Hannah and one lucky reader will win a copy of Invincible Summer.

1. You have already had a lot of writing success at a young age. What has been the most surprising part of your writing journey so far?

The fact that it happened at all just absolutely shocks me. The thing about getting published is that it’s not fully skill, and it’s not fully luck. It’s this weird in-between place of being in the right place at the right time. So pretty much it’s like you’re a fish, and what you’re doing is kicking as hard as you can to get yourself to the surface, and then hoping like hell that some nice fisherman scoops you up. Yeah, I don’t know how fishing works.

But you’re not going to get scooped up if you’re at the bottom, but there’s also a huge chance that you won’t get scooped up if you’re at the top. So the fact that I somehow was in that right place at the right time and that I’ve met amazing people who have guided me and held onto me since I got my first agent three years ago… it’s insane. It’s all so insane.

2. Invincible Summer involves two brothers, Chase and Noah. Can you tell us a little about each of them and their relationship?

Absolutely. Chase is the POV character. He’s dreamy and kind and incredibly idealistic. He’s about four years younger than Noah and really adores him and looks up to him, but he loves the rest of his family and is very attached to all of them.

Noah, on the other hand, pushes away from the family as best he can, because he doesn’t like feeling things nearly as much as Chase does, and he’s also much more analytical and aware than Chase is. He thinks about things. He notices things that Chase doesn’t. And as much as he tries to get out of any kind of responsibility, he really does love his siblings, especially Chase and their younger brother Gideon, and that causes a lot of conflict for him.

Yeah, Noah’s my favorite.

3. You’ve said that you write about brothers, sexual ambiguity, and babies. What other topics would you love to add to that list in future books?

I’m adding gender and racial ambiguity and cross-cultural relationships to that list. I’m also really interested right now in different kinds of love stories, the way that literature deals with history, and the ideas of day-to-day comfort and domestic life. I’m playing with a lot of new stuff right now.

4. If you could give advice to another young adult hoping to write a story, what would you tell them?

Write about what interests you. It’s so, so important, and it took me a long time to figure out. If you don’t know what should happen next, make it something that you love to write about, or something that you really care about. What was so great about writing Invincible Summer is that it’s about all these things that I love just smushed together. And it makes me still love it now.

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Simon Pulse (April 19th, 2011)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Paperback: 288 pages
Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive…

Not your typical beach read.

Prize:

  • 1 winner will receive a copy of Invincible Summer by Hannah Mockowitz.

Rules:
  • You must be at least 13 to enter.
  • Name and email must be provided and counts as 1 entry.
  • Extra entries are possible and links must be provided.
  • Contest is US Only and ends April 27th.
  • Once contacted, the winner will have 48 hours to respond.
  • The form must be filled out to enter.

Find Hannah Moskowitz
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