Author Chat with Erin Hahn (You'd Be Mine), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Erin Hahn author of You'd Be Mine.
Read on for more about Erin, plus an interview and an giveaway!
Meet Erin Hahn!
Erin Hahn spent the first half of her life daydreaming in a small town in northern Illinois. She fell in love with words in college when she wrote for the campus paper, covering everything from drag shows to ice fishing and took way too much liberty with a history essay on the bubonic plague.
She started writing her own books when her little sister gave her shade about a country music-themed Twilight fanfic. By day, Erin gets to share her favorite stories with her elementary students. By night, she writes swoons. She married her own YA love interest whom she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat, Gus, who plays fetch.
Meet You'd Be Mine!
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Before starting You’d Be Mine, I happened to watch a documentary on the Carter family and the early beginnings of country music. I learned exactly HOW influential that family was as far as what exists on country radio today. They were iconic, to say the least. I had no idea that June came from that kind of history until, at the end of the documentary, Johnny Cash came on and spoke of how awestruck HE was by her and her name. It really changed my perspective on the couple and influenced the way I wrote Clay and Annie. I’d always loved that whole Cinderella trope so often found in romance, but the feminist teacher and mom in me hated that the guy always got to be all charming and famous. Johnny’s words made me think. What if my female protagonist was the legendary one? What would happen if I leveled the fame playing field?
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I think that I answer this differently every single time someone asks me! It honestly depends on the day. Clay’s best friend and fiddler, Fitz, is so laid back and charming that I really enjoy spending time with him in a scene, but Annie is probably the most refreshing to write. She’s darling and kind and far more fiery than I have ever been. I adore how she embraces her talents. So often, our default as females is to downplay our awesome. Annie might be insecure about some things, but she’s unapologetic about what a star she is and it’s incredible. I can’t carry a tune, personally, but that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming of being a Rockstar. Writing Annie Mathers is as close as I’ll ever get to that kind of charisma and stage presence.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel, actually! What a great question. This was originally called “Under the Willows” for Annie’s band. It wasn’t until I wrote the song, “You’d Be Mine” that it became the title. Now I can’t imagine anything else. The title has double (and triple) meanings in this book and I love when readers get to the part when the title clicks and are blown away (or a little bit distraught). *evil grin*
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I have two, one that I can’t share because it’s a bit of a spoiler. The one I can share, though, is towards the end when Annie confronts her mother’s grave for the first time and we really get to see how strong and devasted Annie has been the entire time. It’s powerful and crazy emotional, but at the same time, even through her tears, Annie takes the opportunity to take these little digs at her mom and her career and I love it. It’s so real. Just because someone dies doesn’t mean you forgive and forget how terrible they were to you. Particularly as you grow up and see things beyond your childhood memories.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
That not everyone is going to like what you put out there and that’s okay. Subjectivity is real. But I’ve also learned that some people will absolutely LOVE what you put out there and that’s incredible and worth every hard-earned moment.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
All of it. Truly. It’s so lovely and fresh. A good friend of mine said, “It reminds me of how Clay sees Annie, out in front of him, dancing all carefree and graceful.” And that’s it, exactly. It’s perfect.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
So SO many, but I just finished reading “Don’t Date Rosa Santos” by Nina Moreno and I’m honestly obsessed with it. So swoony and magical. It’s like what happens when “Practical Magic” meets “Mamma Mia!” and if you like heartfelt books that deal with family and magic and the ocean and kissing, you must get in on it. I finished an early copy and then immediately preordered it the next minute, it’s that marvelous.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
I really loved “An Enchantment of Ravens” and “Sky In the Deep”! Both are swoony fantasies which are my comfort-reading jam.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m busy marketing YBM and trying to figure out all the ins and outs of being a debut author. There’s so much more to writing a book than just Writing A Book and I’m learning my way around that. I’m also in the middle of revisions of my second standalone YA contemporary romance out in 2020, More Than Maybe. It’s a love story inspired by my obsession with alternative music and the 90s cult classic, EMPIRE RECORDS. Son of a former British punk rocker, Luke, falls for aspiring music blogger, Vada. When the song he writes about her accidentally goes viral, the two have to navigate their growing feelings on a national stage, all while attempting to save the dive bar they work at from going extinct.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I’d say Clay was the most trouble. He’s like my kid. I love him, but he needs to get his act together. Every time he’d make another bad decision, I’d be yelling at him in my brain. Like, “Dammit, Clay, why are you the way you are?” I’m happy to say we both came out of the experience stronger.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I’m spectacular at missing the garbage bin from two feet away. Like I’d say, 99.99999% rate of disaccuracy.
You'd Be Mine
By: Erin Hahn
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
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