I recently had the chance to be part of a conference call with author Hannah Harrington, author of the novel Speechless. Check out my part of the interview as well as enter to win a copy of Speechless and a Phone Skin thanks to Harlequin Teen and Big Honcho Media.
About the Book:Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret. Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast – and nearly got someone killed. Chelsea has taken a vow of silence – to learn to keep her mouth shut and to stop hurting anyone else.
Speechless explores the real-life teen issues of bullying, mean girls, LGBT awareness and hate crimes. Compared to the many books already out about bullies, Harrington’s novel stands out for its authentic voice and unflinching portrayal of what it means to be part of the bullying. In October 2012, Harlequin TEEN will be releasing a brand new survey that has interviewed 1,500 girls between 13-18 years old on the subject of bullying.
GreenBeanTeenQueen: I have noticed that there's been a big boom in contemporary fiction in young adult, which I think is awesome. So, I just wanted to ask you, since your books are contemporary, why do you think is contemporary is important in young adult literature?
Hannah Harrington: I never had a question about what I wanted to write. I've always loved contemporary YA. I grew up reading Sarah Dessen and whoever wrote the Sloppy First series. I'm forgetting her name.
GreenBeanTeenQueen: (Since Hannah's publicist was also part of the call, I had to ask about the cover for Speecheless as well.) I just loved the cover of Speechless because I think it really stands out among all the sea of other books just because it is so different and stark, and I think it really fits the book, too. What was kind of the process of deciding to make the cover the way it is?
Harlequin Teen and Love is Louder have partnered for the release of Speechless and be sure to check out all the details on the Love is Louder website.
Want to win a copy of Speechless?
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Speechless as well as a branded phone skin (pictured above).
-One entry per person
-US and Canada Shipping Address Only please
-Contest ends Saturday September 29