Sandy Hall is a teen librarian from New Jersey where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When she isn’t writing, or teen librarian-ing, she enjoys reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A Little Something Different is her first novel.
The Poetics Project: Describe your novel in ten words or less.
Sandy Hall: A girl meets boy story told from everyone else’s perspective.
TPP: What inspired you to write A Little Something Different?
SH: I was inspired by the Swoon Reads website. I’d been working on a completely different book, that had no romance in it. Then I saw an article about Swoon and I decided to try my hand at writing teen romance.
TPP: What was the most difficult aspect of writing your novel?
SH: Editing! Without a doubt. The writing comes easy, it’s the re-writing and editing that’s tough for me.
TPP: What do you want readers to take away from your novel?
SH: When I read, I always pick a certain character to root for and sometimes it’s not the protagonist. I like to think that this is a book for readers like me. That any reader that picks it up will find a character they connect with and a different message that speaks to them.
TPP: What advice can you give aspiring authors? What advice do you wish you would have been given?
SH: I’ve always really liked this quote— “Advice is what you ask for when you already know the answer.” I feel that way about writing advice. When you go and seek it out, you’ll find the answer you need. I read a lot of advice before I started writing, but I wish I had understood a little bit more about the process before I jumped in head first with getting a novel published. Although I think some of it you have to learn along the way.
TPP: Name two to three songs that would be on a soundtrack to your novel?
SH: “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, “Bleecker & 6th” by Jesse Ruben, and “Say Something” by A Great Big World.
To learn more about Sandy Hall, check out her website!