Featured Fig: Becky Hill

What makes Figment Figment? Well, there are forums and blog posts and writing groups and featured books. But what really makes this place special are all of you Figs. So you should get some love.

Becky Hill is a Street Team winner, archaic writer, and champion of strong heroines everywhere! She’s often torn between her love for writing and aeronautical engineering (obvs), but has managed to become a great part of Figment . . . so, writing clearly wins.

What was your favorite part of being on the Pushing the Limits Figment Street Team?

At first my favorite part was just getting a new book to read, and one that was already so well-known—who doesn’t like a free book? After I started promoting it, though, it became so much more than that. I really liked spreading the word about the book and Figment, and I think my favorite part overall was seeing people’s reactions to Pushing the Limits after they read it, knowing that I’d helped to introduce them to something that they ended up loving.

If you had to give your writing style an adjective, what would it be?

It’s definitely old-fashioned, almost to the point of being archaic. My writing tends to be really formal, which is useful when I’m writing essays but basically worthless when the teen characters I’m trying to create end up acting far too mature for their age (and see, there I go again). Sometimes it’s been so extreme that my friends have joked that I was born in the wrong century!

 Which literary character are you most like and why?

Definitely Vassar Spore from Autumn Cornwell’s novel Carpe Diem. We’re both crazy overachievers (although thankfully my life doesn’t entirely revolve around getting a crazily high GPA), and we’re both really loyal to our closest friends. I just wish I had the same opportunity that she does – to backpack all through Malaysia!

When you start a new piece, what are your first steps?

If it’s a short story or a poem, I usually don’t plan much – I just start writing to see where my words take me. If it’s a novel or a longer story that requires more commitment, I’ll start planning an idea in my head and wait a while before I start putting anything on paper. I rarely write anything down before I begin. My theory is that, if I can’t remember it well enough after at least a few days, then it’s not worth writing. It’s not a great theory, since I’ve forgotten some stories that seemed pretty good, but maybe it says something about the novel I started planning months ago and haven’t actually written yet . . .

What cliché would you most like to see erased from YA fiction?

I hate, hate, HATE stories with a weak heroine who feels like she needs a guy to save her. I don’t have anything against damsel-in-distress stories as long as the girl is still strong and doesn’t rely on men to do everything. Unfortunately, there are too many whiny and needy girls in the world of YA fiction these days, and it’s sending a bad message to girls. The world needs more confident heroines.

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