Welcome to Annabel Monaghan, author of newly released Double Digit!
If you could visit any time or place, when and where would you go?
I would like to have been sitting on the train next to JK Rowling when she started scribbling Harry Potter on napkins. (Hopefully, I wouldn’t have looked over and copied it myself and raced straight to London. But who knows, the will is weak.)
Why did you decide to write young adult fiction?
There is something about ages 12-18 that sticks with me and feels more real and poignant than recent years. It’s a time of such powerful emotions and change that I think it makes for good fiction. Young adult heroes and heroines seem to be prone to more personal growth than their adult counterparts, and they are unburdened by mundane things like wrinkles and tax returns.
Is there anything about writing that you find particularly challenging?
Um, everything? The whole process turns your brain inside out. The hardest part is getting going, but after that I find it challenging to evenly pace out a story. Sometimes when I’m writing I want to just blurt out the end. I’m not good at keeping secrets.
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a little kid, maybe 6 or 7. By the time I was a teenager, I wrote all the time, just making things up. I used to sort of re-frame what was happening in my life as fiction. I’d move the details around so that I would win or the boy would like me. I was frequently a few inches taller in these stories.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Haagen Daaz Vanilla Swiss Almond. Out of the container, standing in front of the open freezer. Obviously.
Do you have any hidden talents?
The ability to explain really complicated things really simply. And ironing. I’m a really good ironer.
If you had any superpower, what would it be?
If I could have a superpower it would be the ability to diffuse conflict. Maybe I would have a laser coming from between my eyes (weird?), or a pair of lasers I’d shoot from my elbows, and those lasers would shoot at conflict and render all participants peaceful. I’d start in my kitchen, with my kids. Then I’d hop a plane to the Middle East (superhero’s note: I don’t want to fly on my own. I prefer to sit and be served beverages and snacks) and wherever else I was needed.
What is your most anticipated book in 2015?
Boy would I like to see the third and final Digit book (title-less) finished in 2015. But, besides that, I am looking forward to SWEET by Emmy Laybourne. I love everything she writes.
Thanks Annabel! I loved your answers, especially your favorite flavor of ice cream and your superpower of choice!
About the Author:
Annabel (Schwedes) Monaghan spent her teenage years almost making it happen. Annabel’s claim to fame is being dumped by the cutest guy in Los Angeles – twice! She had dinner with Madonna once. Okay, not at the same table, but at the same restaurant. A former investment banker, she’s much happier writing.
About Double Digit:
To say eighteen-year-old Farrah Higgins—or Digit—is good at math is a laughable understatement. She’s been cracking codes since childhood, and is finally at home with “her people” at MIT in Cambridge. Her talents are so off the charts that her laptop is under surveillance by both the CIA and an ecoterrorist named Jonas Furnis. So when she thoughtlessly hacks into the Department of Defense’s database, she lands in serious hot water inside and outside the law. Readers will be sad to turn the last page of this suspenseful, sassy, super smart thriller, the sequel to A Girl Named Digit.
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: A Girl Named Digit
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (January 7, 2014)
Other Books by Annabel Monaghan:
Covers link to Goodreads.