Author Interview: Carla Hanna

Author Spotlight on Carla J. Hanna

A Girl and Her Kindle interviewed award-winning author of the Starlet Series. Please find an excerpt of the interview below:

Carla J. Hanna is author of the coming of age series, The Starlet Series. Recently, I had a chance to sit down interview her about writing career and what inspires her.

When did you begin writing?
I studied persuasive communication in graduate school and used my Master of Arts in English to write copy, brochures, and user manuals for a marketing communications firm. During my years as a marketing executive, I wrote about why a user should buy semiconductor and high tech products.

I did not expect to write novels. Only after I moved to the suburbs did I want to share my experiences as a former executive turned mother of toddlers who found herself rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite during play dates.

What genres do you write?
Coming of age fiction, cultural fiction, fiction, Christian romance.

Who do you imagine you’re telling a story to as you write?
Teens who aspire to be singers or actors. When my kids are teens, I want them to read the Starlet series so they can learn about the business of Hollywood and the price of fame. I want them to ponder the influence Hollywood stories have on their self-esteem and values and figure out what they can do to control that influence.

What’s your latest book about?
Starlet’s Man explores the contradictions inherent in raising a teen in Hollywood. Most celebrities send their kids to private schools, many of them Christian schools, at the same time that the same celebrities produce violent and sexual films. Accountability of the story’s content gets passed onto the fans that choose to watch the film — that Wolf of Wall Street or Fifty Shades is not the producers’ responsibility but the viewers’. I challenge that the producers are victims of supply and demand.

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