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Hazel Clarke

Hazel Clarke

Age: 22

Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult, Fantasy

Hazel is the author of the thrilling sci-fi dystopian Scenario series. Hazel is a really talented writer! At the moment she is completing a PhD in Creative Writing. She already has a BA Degree and a Masters in Creative Writing and Script Writing – pretty impressive! Hazel lives near Preston with her mum and three brothers.

Interview

Q: How old were you when you wrote your book?

A: 19

Q: Describe your book in less than 10 words.

A: Pacey, inventive, captivating, dark, emotional, engaging, futuristic, intriguing

Q: What inspired you to write your book?

A: I have psychosis, and even though mental health is more freely talked about now, I feel that psychosis and schizophrenia still have a lot of stigma attached to them, so I gave my main character schizophrenia so it could open up the conversation more.

Another thing is the too rapid development of technology. Ever since I was a child, I've grown up witnessing how quickly technology has developed. Whilst I realise some of it has been for the better, like better medical equipment to help save people's lives, some new technology has taken people's jobs and even killed some people.

Q: What do you enjoy most about writing?

A: When I started my undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, my lecturer read out some quotes, and one has stuck with me: 'Write so you'll always have something to read'. This has always been the reason why I write.

Q: When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

A: I love listening to kpop and learning the dance routines for the songs. I'm also taking extra classes at university to learn how to speak Korean. I'm a fan of playing video games and I love going clothes shopping.

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