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About Hannah Moskowitz

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/12

Q. Previous occupations

A. Well...I've babysat a few times...and high school, musn't forget that.

Q. Favorite job

A. Definitely writing. Less crying than babysitting (most of the time). And always less homework than high school.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I'm graduating from a tiny high school outside of Washington D.C. in the spring and going to Brown University in the fall.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Motion City Soundtrack, though I'm a huuuuge Death Cab and Decemberists fan.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Fight Club

Q. Favorite television show

A. Queer As Folk

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. An unexploded bottle rocket. Waiting. In Calculus class.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live through this and you won't look back.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Lying in the sand with my four best friends, filthy and sweaty, pretending to be velociraptors.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Michelle Obama.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "like" and "as." I need to go to Simileholics Anonymous.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I really wish I could dance and not look like something caught in net. But I think I'd prefer to be a really good chef.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I can come off as really blasé and unexcited about things. And I have an inability to pretend to be nice when I'm not feeling nice.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Honesty.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My enormous hair.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Linus. And his Christmas tree.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Captain Hook. Boy's got class.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who say "different than."

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I love to sing, act, and *talk.*

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'm not going to lie--I'd like to be your American Idol. But writing's pretty cool too.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. 1. Sense of humor. 2. Integrity. 3. Good skin

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Something childish, like macaroni and cheese. Or Ring Pops.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. At the moment? "Sons and Daughters" by the Decemberists, "Together We'll Ring in the New Year" by Motion City Soundtrack, "Bixby Canyon Bridge" by Death Cab for Cutie, "All I Need" by Mat Kearney, and "First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. John Green, Chuck Palahniuk, Hilary McKay, J.M. Barrie, Ned Vizzini, John Irving, Garrett Freymann-Weyr, Joyce Sweeney, Albert Camus, Manuel Puig, Brent Runyon, S.E. Hinton

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Stranger by Albert Camus, The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving, Looking for Alaska by John Green, My Heartbeat by Garrett Freymann-Weyr

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. If I like a book even a little bit, I reread it.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. You are not too good to revise, I SWEAR.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I think it's a tie between "how can you write boys so authentically?" and "these boys act like women!!"

Q. How did you come to write Break?

A. I watched Fight Club and Into the Wild too many times consecutively, thought too much amount the human experience, and like just a little too much nonsense with my horror stories.

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