Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Foul is Fair: Interview

Interview with Hannah Capin, the author of Foul is Fair

About the Book:
1. How did you get the idea of writing Foul is Fair?
For a very long time, I’ve wanted to write a story that subverts the expected narrative of a sexual assault survivor. FOUL IS FAIR centers a girl who seizes her power back by any means necessary. She isn’t a “good girl,” she doesn’t do what she “should” do, and she absolutely never apologizes.

2. Which of the girls are you more similar to?
There are pieces of me in each of them. I relate to Jade the most: her ambition, her confidence, and her willingness to use unconventional means to achieve what she wants. (But I promise I’m not a killer.)

3. What chapter was the easiest to write?
There are several scenes where the coven--Jade and her best friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer--are hanging out having quieter moments between the “action scenes.” Those scenes flowed well for me because they’re all about the strength of sisterhood, and the dynamics drew quite a bit from my real-life female friendships.

4. What is the key message in this book?
That’s up to the reader to decide!

5. The main character, Jade, wants revenge in a bloody way. Was this character easy to write?
Yes and no! Writing Jade was empowering (and fun, tbh), but also draining because of the intensity of the story and its themes.

6. How did you design the cover?
I didn’t! The very talented Olga Grlic designed it, and Ada Buchholc did the gorgeous art. I love what they created!

7. Where can readers purchase your books?
FOUL IS FAIR and my debut, THE DEAD QUEENS CLUB, are both available through any US, CA, UK, or Commonwealth bookseller: local indies, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and online retailers. Readers outside these countries can purchase through Book Depository.

About You:
What is your favorite mystery book(s)?
No one writes a mystery like Agatha Christie.

2. If you had a choice to move, where would you go?
My two favorite cities are Mombasa and Rio, and I could spend months in either (or both)!

3. What are some of your favorite things to do?
I love anything social--going out with friends, exploring new places, meeting new people. I love to dance, too, whether it’s ballet in a class setting or salsa at a club. I also really enjoy sailing and rowing.

4. When did you realize you want to be an author?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I’ve understood what writing is.

5. What is your writing schedule like?
Chaos. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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