GLVWG’s Rebecca Bartlett interviewed Hana Haatainen Caye, who will be presenting at the 2016 Write Stuff Conference. Hana is an author, copy editor and actor who specializes in voice over work. Her sessions include: Fictional Characters Anonymous, The Business of Writing – Ways to make money as a freelance writer, and From Blog To Book.
Q: You do a lot of voice over work. Are there any similarities between building a successful character on the page and building one through the microphone?
Hana: Whether I’m writing or voicing a character, I have to find a way to become that character somehow. Of course, a lot more goes into the writing of characters, but acting out characters requires some understanding of who they are and the traits that make them unique.
Q: What are your views on the current state of publishing right now? What are the hot themes for children’s and YA literature?
Hana: As we all know, the publishing industry has changed dramatically. I’ve published over 90 children’s books with the same publisher for the iStoryBooks platform and have not ventured past them at this point. Since the books are all part of an app, I don’t have any actual books to put on my shelves. So I’m hoping to publish a few of my books with a traditional publisher, but I haven’t explored that route yet.
I can’t address YA, but I’m finding biographies and the retelling of fairy tales, fables, and folk tales to be extremely popular right now.