Gretchen Hohmeyer was born in the Adirondacks of New York State. By the age of three, she had already taught herself to read by making her father read her the same books over and over. Though the earliest recorded bit of writing she has is from age nine, she’s pretty sure she was writing from the second she could hold a crayon. For kindergarten thru fourth grade Hohmeyer attended a Waldorf school to which she gives credit for teaching her how to wield her imagination. At the age of twelve, she began her first novel which she finished a year later. While she hopes that monstrosity will never see the light of day for quite some time, it spurred her own to write more novels and get them published. She began National Novel Writing Month in 2009, writing the first book in the Mind Evolution Chronicles in fourteen days, which she subsequently self-published. Since that simply wasn’t good enough, she fought to finish the sequel, Breaking Barriers – Xander’s Story, in eight days the following year. The third book in the series, Shadowed Thoughts, was finished the next year in a slightly longer timeframe.
When she isn’t writing, Hohmeyer can be found doing one (or several) of a million things at her family’s lodge and restaurant. Depending on the day, she might be doing everything from driving the John Deere tractor to waitressing in the dining room … or both. She graduated from Laurel Springs Academy for the Gifted and Talented in 2012. She is current attending Ithaca College, majoring in English and Writing with an Honors minor, with the intent to get her Masters in the Art of Teaching.
Whatever happens, she’s sure it’s going to be a wild ride.
I’m a Classics and Anthropology major at a university in Colorado, where I spend silly amounts of unnecessary time in the library. I also dance a lot of Argentine tango—not only in official venues, but in places like the university fountain, people’s kitchens, and a bowling alley on a Navy base. I’ve been chatting about reading and writing with Gretchen since high school, which seems strangely long ago at this point.
But those are not the important things when it comes to this blog! Here are some bookish things about me:
My tastes run a bit more literary than Gretchen’s a lot of the time, although not always. I also don’t always stick to YA, but I promise that if (okay, let’s get real, when) I review non-YA books on here I’ll tell you why they’re appealing to me as a reader of YA.
I read extremely fast. This leads to many rereads.
I love gorgeous prose, amazing characters, and atmosphere. I like fantasy because I love seeing weird new ideas. I’m a little tired of dystopian, vampires, etc but I’ll give it a go if it looks good. I adore complex books that will take me a long time to finish, and my favorite books are always books that make me think long after I’ve put them down.
I think the worst sin a book can commit (beyond being terrible, at least) is being forgettable. I will also rant at books that do bad gender things, just on principle.
A few books I’m exceedingly fond of at the moment, to give you an idea:
- The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman (I may review this one if I get a chance, actually, as it’s recent)
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Deathless by Catherynne M Valente
- Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore (but not Bitterblue. Seriously, what happened there?)
- Sunshine by Robin McKinley
I say a few because this list varies from month to month, and by the time October rolls around I may be in the mood for pirates or something.