The Nervous Breakdown is an online community full of great reviews of books and movies, author interviews and original essays, and all kinds of cool content. As a writer, my favorite feature is their self-interview, in which authors interview themselves. Often authors do fun things like taking on different personas for interviewer and interviewee or asking inappropriate, off-the-wall questions, and/or use it as a chance to talk about topics that haven’t come up in other interviews or other things they find interesting.
I’ve been a fan of these for a while so it’s such a pleasure to get to do one myself to celebrate Hand Me Down‘s rebirth in paperback. I’m pretty proud of this interview, actually, and it was tons of fun to work on. So I hope you’ll check it out. I start by calling myself a chicken and a liar, and it gets better from there. I also talk about forgiveness and Christopher Pike and seeing my flasher ex-stepdad on the local news.
You’re such a chicken.
And a liar.
Well, I am a writer. But this is a strange way to begin an interview. Can’t you be nicer to yourself?
Why didn’t you just call your book a memoir, chicken? Were you too scared to put yourself out there and be honest?
Hand Me Down isn’t a memoir. It’s a novel.
But isn’t it true?
The Nervous Breakdown has also posted an excerpt from Hand Me Down—chapter one in its entirety. Enjoy!