I'm thrilled to have Rachel Hawkins, author of the fabulous Hex Hall, guest posting on the blog today. Although, my initial thought, was to have Rachel, tell us some more about the delicious Archer Cross. One of my favourite aspects, of the book, was the relationship between Sophie and her room mate, Jenna, so Rachel wrote about that.
Female friendships are really important to me, not only in my life, but in my books, too! I think my all-time favorite fictional female friendship has to be Diana Barry and Anne Shirley in the Anne of Green Gables books. They're really different- Diana being more prim and proper, Anne being fiery and more eccentric- but they get each other, and they're unfailingly supportive of one another. I also love that their friendship is a lifelong thing. I've been lucky enough to have the same BFF since second grade, so I definitely relate with the way Diana and Anne grow in their relationship.
When I was writing HEX HALL, I was really conscious of having a close friendship between two girls be one of the central relationships of the book. Sophie and Jenna are both outcasts, and they lean on each other through all the craziness Hecate Hall throws their way. I think the friendships we form as teens are some of the most intense, vital connections we ever make, and I really wanted to have a representation of that in HEX HALL. I also wanted to be sure they talked about other things besides boys. :) (Okay, so they do sometimes talk about boys. But they have other stuff going on, too!)
Don't forget to enter the contest to win a copy of Hex Hall and a t-shirt, here. If you want to read more by Rachel, you can find her at her blog Reading Writing Rachel