Trivia for “My Blood Approves” by Amanda Hocking

by Heather Wood

This chapter is a free excerpt from Quicklet on My Blood Approves.


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  • Hocking calls her roommate Eric her platonic life guru. After her success, she gave him a job as her personal assistant.
  • Amanda Hocking hates when all young adult novels get compared to Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.
  • Hocking is a self-proclaimed John Hughes mourner.
  • Hocking’s favorite books include Catcher in the Rye, Slaughterhouse Five, Disco Bloodbath, The Bell Jar, Trainspotting and American Psycho.
  • Hocking normally only takes two to three weeks to complete a novel. She states that most of the books are usually already worked out in her head before writing.
  • Relying on Red Bull, Hocking would stay up all hours after her nursing home shifts to write My Blood Approves and her subsequent novels.
  • The Silence of the Lambs is Hocking’s favorite movie. She has seen the film more times than any other movie.
  • All the characters in My Blood Approves are named after real-life figures and fictional characters. Alice comes from Alice in Wonderland, Peter is named after Peter Pan, Ezra was named for Ezra Pound and Mae after Hocking’s grandmother.
  • Heath Ledger is subtly referenced to dozens of time in My Blood Approves.
  • Hocking came up with the idea to write My Blood Approves after seeing all of the vampire books that line the shelves at bookstores.
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