We interview Amanda Hocking

Ahead of the release of the third book in the Kanin Chronicles series, Crystal Kingdom, we caught up with international superstar Amanda Hocking!


Hi Amanda! We absolutely love Frostfire, what made you return to the Trylle universe?

With Wendy in the Trylle, she was a newcomer who didn’t know much about the society. There is so much more to the world of the trolls that I was only able to touch in the Trylle series, and I wanted to be explore it deeper. Plus, there were only two of the five troll tribes shown in the Trylle series, and I wanted to showcase how the other tribes differed.

Can you share with us some of the mythology and folklore that inspired the series?

It was inspired by Scandinavian folklore that described trolls as beautiful and cunning, but ill-tempered and wild. That based the groundwork that I built up from. With the Kanin series, I especially tried to incorporate their Swedish heritage, in their languages and some of their customs.

We love Bryn, is she your favourite character in the series? Where did she come from?

Bryn is definitely one of my favorite characters to write. Her fearlessness and strength made her very compelling for me. With Bryn, I wanted to create almost an exact opposite side of Wendy. Bryn is a tracker who knows nearly everything about her kingdom, and she’s an outcast with mixed heritage and no magical abilities, whereas Wendy was a princess who knew nothing about her kingdom, and despite her mixed heritage, she’s exalted because her abilities are very powerful.

Can you tell us a little bit about your world building? How do you come up with such vivid fictional landscapes?

I setthe main capitals for the troll tribes in areas that resembled that Scandinavia, with long, cold winters. Doldastam felt more traditional to me, since the Kanin are the most traditional tribe, so I thought castles and stone walls, and a quaint village with thatched roofs. With Storvatten, they’re actually a bit more of a colder tribe, but they’re also more attracted to fantastical elements to combat the boredom of their isolation. Unlike other tribes, most of them can’t blend in with humans, so I made their castle more magical.

What is next?

Right now, I'm working on Freeks. It’s a standalone young adult novel set in the 1980s, and it follows an 18-year-old girl who lives in a traveling carnival. It’s kind of like Pretty in Pink meets The Lost Boys, but without the vampires.

What book started your reading journey?

The first book I remember buying on my own was Jaws by Peter Benchley when I was eight-years-old for a nickel at a garage sale. It was my first taste of horror, and I realized that as something that I really liked – monsters battling humans.

What are you reading now?

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers. I recently finished The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins. I also read Gillian Fynn and devoured all of Courtney Sommers books, which are like Mean Girls on steroids meets The Girl on the Train.