Heya, TWNers! If you’re visiting for the first time or a returning reader, on behalf of TWN, I want to say welcome and thank you for joining us for day four of the 2022 Teen Writers’ Rally. We’re inviting you to help kick-off National Novel Writing Month with back-to-back posts featuring amazing authors, bloggers, and more! Tune in every day until November 5th for new posts with writing tips, advice, and encouragement. Posts go live at 6:00 EST, and we encourage you to subscribe to Teen Writers’ Nook via email so you can receive a notification when the next post for the rally is up. (Form can be found to the right if on a computer or at the bottom of the page if on a mobile device.) And as always stay until the end of the post for information about the giveaway running through the entire event!
I am super stoked to be sharing our next author interview with the authorly genius herself, Hannah Currie!!! Hannah Currie is the author of both YA and adult Christian romance, including Heart of a Royal and Bring Her Home (published by WhiteFire Publishing)! She is bringing so many AMAZING writing tips and inspiration today I can’t wait to share. So enough chit-chat, let’s get right into it! All my responses will be in bold!
#1. To begin, can you tell us a bit about yourself, your books, and where we can find/follow you online?
Hey! I’m Hannah Currie, an Australian author who writes romance books full of hope, faith and royals. Yep, I love royals! They’re so much fun to write about because they come with so many expectations. My books are clean, though they do deal with some deeper issues like worth, mental illness, grace, brokenness, faith in hard places, and forgiveness.
You can find me online at my website (www.hannahcurrie.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/author.hannah.currie ) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hannah_currie_author/). I’m also on a few other places but they’re the main ones.
I love books about royals, too! They’re SO much fun to read and write! And, y’all, just gonna say, you MUST read Heart of a Royal! I read it back in January, and so far it’s held it’s place in my top number two books of the year.
#2. When did you first discover your love for writing and what inspired you to pursue it seriously?
I’ve been a HUGE reader all my life and always loved English/writing at school but never even considered being an author myself until my early twenties. I’d actually read a book in my teens about an author who got completely pulled into her work, to the detriment of her family, and decided then and there that I never wanted to be like that. So yeah, no big childhood dreams of being an author for me. I played around with stories, but that was about it.
Then one day, I randomly decided to challenge myself and see if I actually could get past the first chapter and write a whole novel. I did, and by the end of it was totally hooked. It was during that time that God placed a dream in my heart of being a published author and telling my stories—filled with His hope—to the world. I’d felt God’s calling to be a missionary when I was a young child and it was like God was saying that this—through my writing—would be how he would use me in that way.
(I wrote a longer version of this journey on my blog – here)
#3. Who or what would you say has helped grow your writing most?
Reading? Seems weird, but I think one of the biggest things that has inspired and helped my writing has been books I’ve read—and the authors who wrote them—along the way. I often write beside my favorite bookshelf and looking over at it, and knowing that every one of those books that has impacted my life was there and did so because that author didn’t give up when it got hard, gives me the courage and inspiration to keep writing.
Also, when it comes to the actual craft of writing, I’d say practise. The more I write, the better my writing gets.
These are awesome answers! Reading and writing helps SO much with growing your writing! I actually did a post recently all about that, readers, if you want to check it out here!
#4. You’ve written several Christian romance titles. I know many young writers who want to write romance into their stories but still want their books to be God-honoring. Do you have any advice on how to write romance that is fun but still wholesome, clean, and God-honoring?
I’ve never really thought about how I do this. Umm… I think a lot of how I write romance has come from what I read. I read a lot of romance that is fun but still wholesome, clean and God-honoring, so I know how it can be done really well. I also use my own experiences and what I’ve learnt from those around me to make it real. If it’s a scene that I would laugh through or swoon over or just love, then chances are someone else will too. Write what you love to read.
I also pray heaps over every one of my words—that each one of them would honor God and bring the book’s readers closer to him. I think if you’re totally committed to God and growing your own relationship with him, then the actual writing of it will come naturally.
That is great advice!
#5. What’s the best and hardest part about writing romance?
The best part is the ‘awww’ moments. I love writing those. I’m a total romance-lover and to write about two people overcoming the challenges they face to support each other and come together just makes my heart smile.
The hardest part is making the romance feel real and not completely ridiculous or unbelievable. To keep—especially the hero—somewhat realistic and not just some perfect, fairytale prince come to save the day. I want my heroes and romances to be inspiring but also relatable and real to life and how hard love actually is.
I LOVE the “aww” moments in romance. They always make my fangirl heart go crazy. And while I do love my fairytale prince characters, that’s awesome how you still want your heroes to be real and relatable. (That’s why, readers, it’s important, even in romance, that your characters have realistic flaws and goals.)
#6. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
All of it! I love drafting, editing, proofing… But also have days when I really hate all three of them (especially when it’s not going well or just really, really slow). I think my favorite moment is when I find the story’s heart. That moment when it comes together and I see the heart of the characters and the story and it comes to life. That moment is just incredible.
#7. You have a new book that was recently released, Bring Her Home, can you tell us a bit about it and what was the inspiration behind the novel?
Bring Her Home is a medieval retelling of the Prodigal Son parable, but in this case, a prodigal daughter. It was inspired both by the parable itself, and an idea I’d had for a scene many years ago (which became the first chapter of Bring Her Home). A lot of the heart of it—the main characters’ struggles and challenges—came from my own life and that of those around me.
Wow, I LOVE the idea of a medieval retelling of the Prodigal Son! That is so genius!
#8. What is the main theme you want readers to take away from your stories?
There is always hope. No matter how hard or dark or challenging life might be at times, don’t give up, because this is not the end. There is hope, because God is working and God loves you more than you could ever know. Hang on to hope.
I just love that. What a beautiful message to impart on your readers. Not that much different than the themes in my own writings.
maybe that’s why i love these books so much.
#9. Do you have any advice, encouragement, or words of wisdom for teen writers who want to take their writing seriously?
Don’t give up, and don’t discount the journey. Writing and publishing books isn’t easy, and it can be a really long and lonely journey at times, but don’t discount what you’re learning and who you’re meeting along the way. God does a lot of great work in the waiting!
Amen to that! Thank you SO much, Hannah Currie for doing this interview. We loved having you here on Teen Writers’ Nook!
WHO’S READY FOR THE GIVEAWAY TIME! *rasies hands and jumps up and down* During the rally (October 24th-November 5th) Teen Writers’ Nook is running a giveaway. Three winners will be chosen and the winners will win their choice of one of the books pictured below. (Imagine anthology is also included, though not pictured.) This giveaway is open to both U.S. and international entries!
Every post you comment on during the rally earns you an extra entry into the giveaway! To enter with this post comment below and tell me: What’s the best book with a blue cover that you’ve ever read?
Remember to tune in tomorrow for a post from the one, the only, Mary from Wild Writing Dreams! She has a fantabulous post prepared for y’all that you won’t want to miss!
Well, I don’t have any question ideas today’s post so how about y’all comment below and tell me your favorite part of the rally so far and anything else you’d like to share!!!
Keep on being awesome and never stop writing!