Hi Sandy! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in New Jersey where I work as a full time author and a part time librarian. I love books, always have from the time I learned to read. I also enjoy marathoning TV shows, shopping, and recently I’ve gotten really into Broadway shows.
We here at Teen Readers' Diary are a huge fan of YA stories. Can you tell us what sets this story apart from the other books you've written?
This is only my second book, so it’s hard to make big sweeping statements, but to me the biggest difference is that A Little Something Different was written in first person from fourteen different points of view and Signs Point to Yes is written in third person with far fewer characters involved.
For you what's the hardest part about writing a book, the start or the ending? And why?
I’d have to say the start. No matter how much I brainstorm and plan, the first line of a book is so hard to get down on paper. Even when I acknowledge the fact that it can change. There’s just so much pressure to get it right and capture your audience from the beginning.
What are the most surprising things about publishing and being an author since your first book deal?
Probably that editorial letters are NOT terrifying. I think sometimes there’s this misconception that editors want to tear apart your work and steal your soul, but I have such a great editor. It’s so much fun to collaborate and work together to produce the best book possible.
Can you share some random things about you that people may be surprised to know?
I failed writing in college! It was an expository writing class, so not quite the same as creative writing, but still. It was a huge blow to my ego. I definitely never expected to be a published author after failing a class.
What's the best piece of advice can you give to aspiring authors?
Keep writing! Don’t give up!
What's next for Sandy Hall?
I’m working on a new book of course, but nothing official yet! And October is for planning with National Novel Writing Month just around the corner!