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Holly Black

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Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart). She is also the co-editor of three anthologies, Geektastic (with Cecil Castellucci), Zombies vs. Unicorns (with Justine Larbalestier), and Welcome to Bordertown (with Ellen Kushner). Her most recent works are the middle grade novel, Doll Bones, and the dark fantasy stand-alone, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

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Holly Black The funny thing is that I am really quite a wuss in real life, but not so much in fiction. I don't watch very many horror movies, I'm totally…moreThe funny thing is that I am really quite a wuss in real life, but not so much in fiction. I don't watch very many horror movies, I'm totally terrified by zombies, and when I was a kid, I had an incredibly detailed night-time ritual to ensure I wouldn't get grabbed by the trees outside, possessed by ghosts or feasted upon by ghouls.

Several times, I've sent some bit of writing to a friend and had them be freaked out by it. When I go back and look, I do think, "oh yeah, that is pretty messed up," but when I'm writing it, I am usually so interested in finding the right word that I don't quite notice how horrifying the scene is that I'm describing.

Maybe being scared of many, many things many, many times means those fears are ready and waiting to be drawn upon? I don't know, but I don't think I've ever been creeped out by anything I've written.

(BTW, I am going to take this opportunity to tell you again how much I've been enjoying the Angelfall books and how much I am looking forward to the third one.)

(Also, is it weird that I am pleased to have creeped you out?)
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Holly Black There's no one easy answer for making a world come alive. I feel like a world evolves and it may not come to life for you, as the writer, until you…moreThere's no one easy answer for making a world come alive. I feel like a world evolves and it may not come to life for you, as the writer, until you finish the book. It may not even come fully alive until revisions. At least for me, I have made massive, sweeping world building changes to books in revisions that altered the nature of the world. I try to keep a few things in mind, though:

- All magic has a price.
- Magic is power and people will use it to get the things that power gets them in our world.
- Use models. Models of how wars have gone, models of how people behave and organize themselves. A good model is super helpful.

One of the hardest things about being a writer is that we love reading -- but very seldom will our writing ever give us the feeling we get from reading. And if you're looking for that feeling, that can give you a bad case of writer's block.

Your first task in overcoming writer's block is identifying its cause. My guess, from your questions, is that you're blocked because you feel like you're not quite translating from your head to the page. My advise is to write. Write the imperfect translation. Write the world that doesn't quite come alive. Until you have the bad, flawed, broken draft, you can't make the one that's going to feel alive.

Does that make sense?

(I am super excited about the Magisterium series I am doing with Cassie!)(less)
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So I have a couple of events before the end of 2013 and hope I'll see you at one of them.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd

Miami Book Festival
1:30-2:30 pm YA PANEL
Room 8201
I will be presenting The Coldest Girl in Coldtown on a YA panel alongside Kami Garcia, Lauren Oliver and Alex Flinn. Each of us will get about 20 minutes to speak about their own work, then there will be a joint Q&A.

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message 47: by Dustin

Dustin Greetings, Holly! Thank you so much for accepting the friendship request, it's appreciated.:)

I hope all's well with you and yours.


message 46: by Judith

Judith Thanks so much for accepting me as a friend, Holly. I hope you have had a lovely holiday season and that you have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. Much love to you and your gorgeous baby from Judith xxx


message 45: by Joyce (last edited Jan 01, 2014 01:27PM)

Joyce Happy New Year Holly! Hope you have a healthy and happy year! I was going to add productive, but it sounded too demanding or something. :)


message 44: by karly

karly ohmygeez thanks for accepting my friend request!! iloveyousomuch it hurts okay <3


Reketrebn Hi! Thanks for adding me!
I know you get this a lot but I really wanted to tell you how much I love your books Tithe and Ironside!
but most of all I love Roiben in them ♥
I like these complex characters, his soul and heart and mind... I love everything about him and even though he's fictional I still feel like he's real.
I want to thank you for bringing him into my life and for all the other wonderful characters too!

and this is how I see him:
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message 42: by Bre

Bre Thank you so much for accepting my friend request Holly, I love reading your books!!

Bre


Jacqueline Howett Thanks for the freindships Holly! Hope you had a nice Easter weekend!


message 40: by Davonna

Davonna Juroe Thanks so much for the friendship, Holly! Stay creepy! :D


message 39: by Jake

Jake Hill Naru wrote: "hi! Today I read the spiderwick chronicles book one, and I have to say it's very cute and exciting =D I just wish I have a faery or something living in my house!"

I think you totally failed to grasp that faeries arn't nice XD


message 38: by Sabrina

Sabrina Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I love your work! Ironside, Tithe, and Valiant are three of my favorite novels. I look forward to reading more of your works.


Anastasia Hi Holly. thanks for being a friend.


Kelli Belli Thank you for accepting my request! I am a HUGE fan of The Curse Worker series and Cassel Sharpe!


message 35: by Alannah

Alannah Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I love your "Spiderwick Chronicles" books. I read the first series once and now I have both of the series. I'm also really excited to read the second one. You're a great writer. :) Thanks again!
-Alannah


message 34: by Diana

Diana Nice to meet you Holly!


Christie Hi Holly! Thank you so much for accepting my friends request. I just got Black Heart in the mail today :) I'm so excited! Must! Read! Immediately!!!!! HUGS!!!


message 32: by Sarah

Sarah Rabbit Thank you so much for accepting my friend request, Holly. :) Can't wait to read everything of yours I can get my hands on!


message 31: by Amanda

Amanda I suppose I'm just a little addicted to the Curseworker series, cause last night I dreamed about it :P I can't wait for Black Heart to come out. <3


message 30: by Genina

Genina Hi Holly, my kids are 5,4&2 I just showed them "The Spiderwick Chronicles" the movie on Halloween and since then have found them outside running frantically from Mulgarath on several occasions... thanks for that.


message 29: by Lily

Lily Thank you for accepting my friend request. I hope your birthday was great can not wait to read Black Heart. Loved your stories...


message 28: by Lyv

Lyv Hi Holly, I just met you at the Kalamazoo Library! I just wanted to say that you were great and that I learned a lot about conning from you;) Thanks for signing White Cat and Red Glove for me!


message 27: by Gary

Gary Revel It's great to have you as a friend HOLLY:

My memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT is at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and other book sellers worldwide. It includes details of my birth, youth, US Navy Service, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record THEY SLEW THE DREAMER about the MLK assassination.

Paperback and Nook Book

Links to more Jongleur books and book sellers.


message 26: by Sabrina

Sabrina Mau Hey! Thanks so much for accepting me ^^ So how are you?


Malxox ♥ (Kenna*Bear) wrote: "Hi! I love all of you Spiderwick books! They are one of my favorites. You should read Harry Potter. I am on book four. And on Spiderwick I'm on book four too! Chapter 2,wow I need to cach up on rea..."

She is awesome.
I <3 Harry Potter too :) I'm readin book 4


Malxox ♥ Hi! :)
I absoulutly love the curse workers series, it's amazing!!! Thanks, for accepting my friend request!


message 23: by Naru

Naru hi! Today I read the spiderwick chronicles book one, and I have to say it's very cute and exciting =D I just wish I have a faery or something living in my house!


message 22: by Anna

Anna Hi! Thank you for accepting my friend's request! You are a great writer! I read Tith, Ironside, and just finished Valient this week. Very good books! I read each one in less than 5 hours! :D I am on to reading your other AWESOME works!


message 21: by Pamela

Pamela Hey Holly...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


message 20: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Holly! :D


message 19: by William

William O'Brien Hi- Just to let you know...
Peter: a Darkened Fairytale
AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW!!! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstor...
Best wishes, William


message 18: by Kate

Kate Thank you so much for adding me as a friend i feel very honoured =)

I have the complete Spiderwick Chronicles in one volume with all star sketches and such its an amazing book!

I am also trying out your other works =)

Thank you so much once again =)


The Honorable Sophia *I Only Like Gingers* Tallon I loved The Spiderwick Chronicles they are soooo good! Did you think the movie was good? I liked it :)


message 16: by O'Death

O'Death Hi Holly :)

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I love The Spiderwick Chronicles and your righting style. I think you're a great writer and your books are kind off addicting "cannot stop reading...must finish incredible book" :)

Thanks again :)


message 15: by Clover

Clover Donovan hi holly :) I've been a huge fan of yours and tony's for the longest ever since Spiderwick. it's one of my favorite series ever! you both inspire me in my writing, I'm a self published author with my first book out now and you guys have really inspired me. I won the spiderwick contest on myspace a while back and still have the movie poster signed by you and tony, it's awesome! love your work can't wait to read more from you. - RICHARD DENNEY


Amber. Vampire Queen. I agree! Holly you are an AMAZING writer whenever I read one of your books I don't put it down until I'm finished it!

P.S Thank you for also accepting my friends request :)


message 13: by Holly

Holly Black Shadow Rose wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request:) I really loved Tithe, Valiant and Ironside. Those three books are completely AMAZING! I've also read and loved White Cat and can't wait until Red Glove is o..."

Thank you!


message 12: by Роза (last edited Mar 11, 2011 05:41PM)

Роза Thanks for accepting my friend request:) I really loved Tithe, Valiant and Ironside. Those three books are completely AMAZING! I've also read and loved White Cat and can't wait until Red Glove is out.
Keep writing!


Nevey Badr Thanks for befriending me :)


message 10: by Holly

Holly I really like your book Tithe!


 Kendall [Kenny] Holly,

Thank-you for accepting my friend request. *grin*
Your short story in the Eternal Kiss anthology and your part in the Zombies vs. Unicorns book intrigued me (and were pretty dang awesome).
I look forward to reading more of your writing!

-Kendall


William O'Brien Hi Holly - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William


Bookdiva hi Holly!
i just have to tell you that i totally love your books ! i think my favorite is Valiant i just fell for that book :D


Leanne Bell Hey, i finished white cat only a few days ago and i loved it and i couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next in the series! xx


message 5: by Holly

Holly Black Haley wrote: "Hey Holly, I'm coming to the Cincinnati signing on the 20th, and I sent my address to get the super secret awesome stuff, but I never got a postcard. If I just say that I tried to give my address c..."

Yes, just tell me.


message 4: by Haley

Haley Hey Holly, I'm coming to the Cincinnati signing on the 20th, and I sent my address to get the super secret awesome stuff, but I never got a postcard. If I just say that I tried to give my address can I still get the stuff?

Thanks,

Haley


message 3: by Julia

Julia March You are coming to Anderson's Bookshop May 17! I'm so excited!


Shannon Thank you for accepting my friend request, Holly!


message 1: by Sara

Sara Hi Holly! Welcome to the wonderful world of goodreads and thank you for accepting my request =)


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