Author Chat with Dahlia Adler (His Hideous Heart), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Dahlia Adler author of
His Hideous Heart.
Read on for more about Dahlia and her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Dahlia Adler!
Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens, LGBTQ Reads, and Frolic by night, and an author of Young Adult and New Adult novels at every spare moment in between. Her books include the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, and the Radleigh University trilogy, and her short stories can be found in the anthologies The Radical Element, All Out, It’s a Whole Spiel, and His Hideous Heart, which she also edited. Dahlia lives in New York with her husband, son, and an obscene amount of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.
Meet His Hideous Heart!
Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in thirteen unique and unforgettable ways.
Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining “Ligeia”), Kendare Blake (“Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), amanda lovelace ( “The Raven”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Where did the idea for the anthology come from?
Twitter, in fact! Specifically from a teacher on Twitter named Jaclyn (whose name you can find in the book’s dedication and acknowledgements) who responded to one of my tweets with the idea. I loved the idea and had some great contributors in mind and it took off from there!
YABC: Can you recommend a few other anthologies for readers who read yours and want more?
Absolutely! Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, edited by April Genevieve Tucholke, is the one I cited as the closest, content-wise, in my proposal, and we even share a contributor in Kendare Blake. (It also features a contribution from Cat Winters, who not only blurbed His Hideous Heart but released her own spectacular Poe book this year, The Raven’s Tale.) Two more that definitely maintain the spooky and/or scary spirit is Toil & Trouble, edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe, and Violent Ends, edited by Shaun David Hutchinson. Two of the contributors have also edited their own great YA anthologies—Unbroken was done by Marieke Nijkamp and Fresh Ink by Lamar Giles.
YABC: What's your favorite thing about writing a short story?
The challenge! The first short story I was asked to do was for The Radical Element, edited by the fantastic Jessica Spotswood, and I was terrified. It used to be something I absolutely could not do without killing someone in the story; how else could you make an impact with so few words? But I’ve really loved having to figure that out and coming up with really tight little plots or vignettes and making them work.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
What don’t I like? Jon Contino really knocked it out of the park with this illustration and hand-lettering, and Keith Hayes’s cover design is impeccable. I love how it manages to look both Gothic and fun, somehow? Like you have to look twice to realize you’re actually visually appreciating strangulating vines and a vital organ, and I think that’s a perfect representation of the book.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
I’ve been lucky enough to read almost everything on the top of my 2019 TBR, so I’m psyched for the rest of it, which includes Crier’s War by Nina Varela, Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus, and Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
Sadie by Courtney Summers
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Another anthology with Flatiron! That Way Madness Lies is similarly a collection of reimaginings, this one based on Shakespeare’s works. Should be publishing in spring 2021!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Finding books their perfect readers and finding readers their perfect books.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Donors Choose, for sure. Teachers spend so much time and money on their students, and it’s absurd how underfunded they are. I love that this organization allows them to ask for what they need to give their students the best possible classroom, and it’s awesome as a random person to be able to contribute to them all over the country. As kidlit authors in particular I think we’re especially lucky, given how many of the classrooms use the site to help build up their libraries!
His Hideous Heart
By: Dahlia Adler
Release Date: September 10th, 2019
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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