LOIS H. GRESH is the New York Times Best-Selling Author (6 times), Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Author, and Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Children’s Author of 27 books and 45 short stories. Her books have been published in approximately 20 languages.
Lois has received Bram Stoker Award, Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and International Horror Guild Award nominations for her work.
Here’s our exclusive interview with Lois Gresh:
1. Which book in The Hunger Game series is your favorite?
If forced to choose only one, I’d say the first book was my favorite. I couldn’t put it down and stayed up all night to read it. Within the first few pages, I was thrust into Katniss’ world, and I knew something horrible was going to happen to her and possibly to her mother, Prim, and even Buttercup. Also, the horror of the Games hit me hard in book #1. I also enjoyed Catching Fire and Mockingjay, of course, but for different reasons.
2. What inspired you to write The Hunger Games Companion?
Well, first, I was a big fan of the books. Suzanne Collins is a brilliant author. When my editor asked if I wanted to write The Hunger Games Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series, I immediately said, “Yes!” It gave me the chance to explore everything related to The Hunger Games series.
3. What can fans expect from the book?
With the The Hunger Games Companion, I’m really hoping to generate a lot of great discussions about The Hunger Games.
If there’s anything you want to discuss about The Hunger Games series or about dystopian post-apocalyptic novels, in general, you’ll find the topic in The Hunger Games Companion and also what I think about it. I’ll post the table of contents when we’re closer to the publication date (Nov 8, 2011).
4. Have you been in contact with Suzanne Collins about the book?
Oh, I wish! I’d love to talk to her about The Hunger Games and find out if my analyses and opinions ring true. But only Suzanne Collins and her editors and agent know for sure what she had in mind, for example, at the close of Mockingjay. I’m anxious to find out what you and everyone else thinks, too, so like I said above, I’m hoping my book generates a lot of great discussions!
To Ms. Gresh, thanks a lot for finding time to respond to our questions!