When I first happened across the cover and description of In the Hall with the Knife <–add to your goodreads shelves– I geeked out like a fool! I have been quoting Clue since I first saw it in… <shuts up>. When I emailed author, Diana Peterfreund, and she agreed to let me conduct a Q and A with her my mind shot in two completely different directions.
In the Hall with the Knife author Diana Peterfreund
… take the chance and blatantly geek out on her and hope that she took on this project because she is all in on the fandom?
… do I play it cool and see what happens?
Well anyone who has been paying the least bit of attention to anything I’ve written or interviews I’ve done to this point, should know the answer to this question. Although, to be fair, I did start writing a more conservative form of the below.
Then I got about half-way through and said… yeah, no. This makes no sense. This is not the time to toe the line. So I didn’t. And I’m so glad I swung for the fences. And I can only hope you enjoy this geek out fest as much as I did…
In the Hall with the Knife, A Clue Mystery releases 10/8 via Abram Kids/Amulet
1) When I first came across with In the Hall with the Knife I literally yelped. I saw Abrams talk about that you, like me apparently, can quote every the movie. So. I want details. Favorite scene? Line? Character? GO!
FYI- This is also my mom’s favorite scene. For those who need a reference point:
If I may add just one?
3) Have you read the Clue six issue comic book series?
4) Ok something more serious- You are very political on Twitter and that can go both ways for anyone public or private. Have you noticed any impact on your work or ability to sustain as a writer? Whether you have or haven’t, would you let it change the way you express yourself on social media?
5) I’ve seen you mention how New Adult isn’t new (it isn’t- although I might push back that NA is often considered high sexual/light pornography- unfortunately, where it could be YA that is really that grey area between YA and Adult – examples I would give would be Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom, Arc of a Scythe- but this is just for clarification of my opinion take it for what its worth)- My actual question (although feel free to comment on that as well) is: What do you think the greatest challenge to publishing, across all categories and genres, specifically to YA, as well.
New Adult as a category title was invented by two editors from St. Martin’s Press back in 2009 to describe a line of books they thought about publishing (I wrote about it here: http://dianapeterfreund.com/on-new-adult/), then later, circa 2012 or so, co-opted by a group of self-published romance authors to describe their late-teen/college set romances. That kind of coincided with the explosion of the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Gray, which was also about a college girl, and there you go. Perfect storm.
I was writing college set books with sex scenes in them as far back as 2006. At the time, we called them chick lit. What genre or category a book falls into is really just a marketing term, and it can change as the publishing environment changes. If you’re lucky, you hit a trend. If you’re REALLY lucky, you start one.
6) How far do you think this series will go? What are your overarching goals for it? Themes (if any)?
Diana Peterfreund is the author of thirteen books for adults and children, including the Secret Society Girl series, the killer unicorns series, and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Her most recent series, Omega City, is about a group of children exploring a lost, Cold War-era underground bunker city. She has received starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and VOYA, been named in Amazon’s Best Books of the Year, and to the Indie Next, Capitol Choices, Lone Star, and Sunshine State Reading Lists. She lives outside of Washington, DC with her family. http://dianapeterfreund.com