Nancy Holder is a New York Times bestselling author who writes dark fantasy and horror for adults and young adults, and is also known for her "tie-in" novels and episode guides for Teen Wolf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Hulk, and many other TV shows and movies.
For what age audience do you write?
I have written for every age group from early readers to adults.
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is 'Teen Wolf: On Fire', which is an original novel based on the hit MTV show.
Henry: You are my hero! Now if I could just convince a publisher to let me write a picture book based on Family Guy.
What do you hope readers will get from reading that book?
I hope that fans and non-fans of the show will see their own questions about life and identity mirrored in the characters' questions and quests.
Henry: Personally, I'd like to gain greater insight into why, like a werewolf, I have body hair growing where I don't want it...
What aspect of writing do you find most challenging?
Writing lean. It's easy to "hand-wave" with a lot of extraneous verbiage, which can only bore and confuse readers. Alas, it never impresses.
Henry: Brevity is the soul of wit. FYI, I did not write that.
What is a powerful lesson you've learned from being a writer?
Diligence and honesty win out over stage fright.
Henry: Indeed, there is no escaping the pesky requirement for hard work.
What has been a memorable experience that you never would have had if you had not been a writer?
Sitting with Joss Whedon on Spike's crypt on a sound stage at Buffy and asking him if he thought he was an auteur. He demurred. I adore him.
Henry: That is pretty cool. I've been privileged to meet some awesome writers in person, including yourself, Ned Vizzini, David Brin, Jonathan Maberry, Jason Hough, Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, Jenni Holm, and Dan Gutman.