Hannah Godard

Social Graces by Hannah GodardHannah Godard was born and raised in the small town of Cochrane, Alberta where she is currently in her senior year of high school. She started writing the Quantum Series in Grade 10 and grew with her characters. Hannah is an adrenaline junkie, fascinated by air planes, and dreams of being a screenplay writer one day.

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City Lights Press: Social Graces is the third book in the Quantum series, can you tell us a little about how Clara has grown?

Hannah Godard: For me writing this series has basically been my High School. I started writing this when I was in Grade 10 and I finished it at the end of Grade 11, with some edits here and there. Those are some pretty crucial years to a teenager and I feel like as I mature and grow, Clara has done the same. She started out innocent, knowing she could have power and confidence but for a lot of the first book she faked it. In the third book, however, she takes control and uses the trust that people place in her, that she failed to see the extent of in the first book, to work towards what she wants and what she sees as right. We learn a lot more about Clara, in the second book especially, and I feel like Clara’s views on life have changed as mine have. Honestly, Clara is a reflection of parts of myself. I mean, I’ve never shot a gun before but the ways Clara sees the world and the ways she wants to change it are similar to my ways of thinking and I like that Clara gets to grow with me. I think that makes the story really special.

CLP: I believe you’re just about done with High School, how much longer do you have left? What do you plan to do afterwards?

HG: I’m in the first semester of my senior year at the moment. It’s going by a bit too fast for my liking, honestly. I’ve applied to the Toronto Film School and the University of Toronto for next year, as well as U of C (my local university) and a couple in BC. I really want to keep working towards a writing career but I’m also an honors student in honors Calculus and Advanced English so I have a lot of options available to me. My dream is to write screenplays and I feel like Toronto in the best place in Canada to do so. I’m definitely going to stay here in Canada, though. I don’t really know how I’m going to get there or exactly what I want from life yet but I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunities that I have and to have been exposed to something so big and amazing that I never really knew I was capable of.

CLP: I’ve read that you’re a bit of an adrenaline junky, what’s the last big thing you did?

HG: We went whitewater rafting and cliff jumping this summer which was pretty fun. I can’t swim very well though so anything with water isn’t the smartest but I cliff jump all the time. I can probably stay afloat for at least three minutes before it all starts going down hill.

CLP: Why are you so fascinated by air planes?

HG: We moved to New Zealand when I was eight with my older cousin and he got me hooked on Air Crash Investigation. Ever since then I’ve had the biggest fear of flying in planes, which is weird because I fly planes myself. I’m training towards my Privates Pilots License right now but something about flying in a plane with a hundred other people and someone else being in control scares me. Landing in Calgary is the worst, too, so that doesn’t make it any better. I just think air planes are one of those great feats of man and something about being able to fly always fascinates me. It’s funny because I hate physics with a passion but maybe if we learned more about planes I wouldn’t have dropped that course.

CLP: Do you ever feel like you’re living a double life, one as a normal teenager and one as an author?

HG: Not really. The way our school system works is that the Elementary, Middle, and High School are all within walking distance of each other so I’ve gone to school with the same people for the majority of my life. I started writing pretty young so for the people around me it’s always just been something that, I don’t know, is. I’m the kid that writes the books and nobody really questions it. As for my teachers, everyone has been really helpful with accommodating for times that are busier with my writing by giving my extensions of extra help when I need it. Because of all these people helping me through it, my everyday life and my writing life have kind of just been molded together to form what everyone knows as just my life.

CLP: Do you have the time to enjoy a good book every now and then? What’s the last book you read?

HG: The last book I read was Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It was recommended to me by a friend, and I don’t normally read books that my friends recommend because more times than not they’re books about cats or just poorly written in general since I’m basically the only one that even remotely enjoys English out of the bunch of us, but this one was really, really good. I don’t get to read a lot because school has been too much recently, with University applications and everything but we do have this bookshelf full of old books that my dad got as a sort of inheritance. One of the books in there is Andrew Lang’s Green Book and it’s my favorite book in the entire world. It’s just a bunch of short stories but something about it relaxes me. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of my dad.

CLP: “Come to Play” is the slogan for Social Graces, where did that come from?

HG: I’m really good at observing people and their behavior and ever since I’ve gotten good at it I’ve noticed that life is really all about moves and countermoves. Like, if I don’t do my math homework my calc teacher will get mad, but if I don’t go to class then I have time to finish it. That’s a pretty dull example but the whole Quantum series is based off of anticipating moves and figuring out what your next move is going to be. Quantum’s slogan was never play the game too long and John Doe’s slogan was the game plays you. Social Graces is a pivotal novel in the series and it’s one in which Clara really starts to take responsibility and formulate plans for herself and for the team other than just reacting to the moves of others. Come to play vocalizes that point beautifully, stating that if you don’t want to be left behind, you’re going to have to come ready to play.

CLP: Have your friends read your books? How do they feel about you being an author?

HG: My friends are really busy and we all have things we do outside of classes together that make us who we are. My friend Hannah is an amazing, high level dancer and she dances almost every day of the week. Maddie is really into photography and works really hard in classes to keep her marks high. Jessica is an amazing curler and curls almost every weekend and I think their team is something like number one in Alberta which is crazy. Karlee, on the other hand, is the only friend I still have that came with me from Middle School. I’ve known her my entire life and she’s read every book that I’ve written. She also gets characters in each book I write who reflect Karlee’s effect in my life. Lexa is her character in this series. My friends are incredibly supportive of what I do and they’re amazing people on their own. I know they’ll support me in everything that I do and are incredibly proud of me, even if they haven’t read what I’ve written.

Learn more about Hannah Godard here!