Is it Angie, A.C., or Angela?
Either is fine, though Angie is preferred. There’s already an author named Angela Thomas, so I decided to use my nickname as my pen name to set us apart. (She seems cool, but we’re very, very different.) With A.C. I channeled my inner Diddy for a little bit with the short professional name. (Take that, take that).
How old are you?
Nope, not telling that either. I’m of legal age though.
When did “THE HATE U GIVE” come out?
February 28, 2017 in the US and Canada (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins). International release dates are posted on the site. You can find out what countries and languages it has been published in on my Books page!
What about “THE HATE U GIVE” MOVIE?
Yes! The movie was filmed in fall 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was directed by George Tillman, Jr., (Soul Food, Barbershop, This is Us, Luke Cage) and produced by State Street Productions, Temple Hill Productions, and Fox 2000. Follow @TheHateUGiveMovieand @oaktreetee on Instagram or @TheHateUGive on Twitter for behind-the-scenes pics.
WHO STARS IN THE MOVIE?
We have an amazing cast including Amandla Stenberg (Starr), Regina Hall (Lisa), Russell Hornsby (Maverick), Issa Rae (April Ofrah), Common (Uncle Carlos), Anthony Mackie (King), KJ Apa (Chris), Sabrina Carpenter (Hailey), and Algee Smith (Khalil). Check out the movie’s IMDB Page for more!
WHY DOESN’T MOVIE-STARR LOOK LIKE BOOK-COVER-STARR?
Amandla was cast as Starr back in late 2015 – almost two years before the book was released and almost a year before there was even a cover.
DID YOU HAVE ANY SAY ON THE MOVIE? DID YOU WRITE THE SCRIPT? DID YOU CAST THE MOVIE?
No. Authors don’t control movies or cast them, but I was consulted a lot by both the director, George Tillman, Jr., and the screenwriters, Audrey Wells and Tina Mabry.
IS IT A FAITHFUL ADAPTATION?
Yes! But it is not identical to the book. Books and film adaptations are like fraternal twins in a “The Parent Trap” situation—they’re being raised by two different parents. The book version of The Hate U Give is raised by my publisher, and the film version is raised by Fox 2000. They parent different, their kids are different and will even look different, but they still share genetics. As the author, I’m like the grandparent rooting for both kids. I don’t make decisions, but I do advise.
ANGIE. WHERE IS DEVANTE? AND NANA? I DON’T SEE THEM ON THE CAST LIST.
Remember how I said books and film adaptations aren’t identical? Those two are a reason why. DeVante and Nana aren’t in the film.
I know, I know. It’s going to be okay, I swear.
Trust me, love.
He’s in our hearts. Always.
Let’s just imagine that the two of them are touring the world together, playing Spades and making bank.
OKAY. I’M OKAY. ANYWAY, WHEN WILL THE THUG TRAILER BE RELEASED?
I don’t have that information, sorry!
WHEN WILL THE MOVIE BE RELEASED IN MY COUNTRY?
I don’t have that information either, sorry!
WHAT DO YOU KNOW?
That authors don’t control movies 🙂 . We only control what’s in books. Seriously, y’all, I’m just a grandparent, rooting on the sidelines.
OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT BOOKS SINCE YOU CONTROL THOSE. WILL THERE BE A SEQUEL TO THE HATE U GIVE?
As of now, I have no plans to write a sequel. Truth is, I would have to put Starr through a hell of a lot in a sequel, and don’t you think the poor girl has been through enough? Let’s let baby girl live.
DO YOU HAVE MORE BOOKS COMING OUT THEN?
Yes! My second novel, ON THE COME UP, will be released in early 2019! It is not a sequel to The Hate U Give, but it is set in the same neighborhood and is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Brianna. Be on the lookout for more info on my Books page.
CAN YOU VISIT MY SCHOOL?
Unfortunately, I am not scheduling any 2018-19 school visits (in person or virtual).
CAN YOU APPEAR AT MY EVENT?
Possibly! It depends on my schedule as well as other factors. Please feel free to use the information on my Contact page.
HOW DID YOU BECOME AN AUTHOR?
The long version or the short version? For the long version, check out this post from my old blog. The short version? I wrote a book, rewrote it, queried it to literary agents, rewrote it again, and queried it. Then I wrote another book (THE HATE U GIVE) and reached out to my future agent, Brooks Sherman, on Twitter to see if it was something agents may be interested in. He said yes and asked to see it. A few months later, I signed with him. About three months after that, he had me in a 13-publishing house auction.
Yep! It was one of the craziest weeks of my life. Thankfully, Brooks is part agent, part therapist, part superhero.
HOW DO I BECOME AN AUTHOR?
Honestly, I’m not 100% sure how I became one. The key is to write, write, write, and be prepared to re-write, re-write, re-write. Also, read, read, read, especially books that are in the same category and genre as yours. Find good critique partners and beta readers – they can help you see things that you may not notice in your manuscript.When you’re ready to query literary agents, read the Query Shark Blog in its entirety and then write a letter. But you’re not done with revisions yet because you should get your query letter critiqued too. The Absolute Write Forums are a good place for this. Once you have a solid letter, research agents, find those who rep your category and genre, and FOLLOW THEIR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (I can’t stress that enough). Also, check out contests such as Pitch Wars, Pitch Madness, and the Writer’s Voice (all hosted by the online writing goddess, Brenda Drake). They’re a good way to put your manuscript in front of agents and an even better way to make friends in the writing community.The biggest key though is to never give up. Ne-ver. I don’t care how many rejections you get (and believe me, there will be a lot of them). Keep writing, keep querying.
CAN YOU REFER ME TO YOUR AGENT AND/OR PUBLISHER?
Sorry! I don’t refer people to my agent unless I’ve read their manuscript and not only love it but think it would be a good fit for him. Also, I can’t refer writers to my publisher – they only take manuscripts through agents.
CAN YOU READ MY MANUSCRIPT? OR LET ME KNOW IF MY BOOK IDEA IS GOOD?
I’m sorry again, but I can’t due to time restraints and for legal reasons as well.
WHERE DOES THE TITLE “THE HATE U GIVE” COME FROM?
The title comes from the definition that Tupac Shakur gave “Thug Life,” which was not just the tattoo he had on his stomach but a code of the streets he developed for impoverished neighborhoods. “Thug Life” is an acronym for, “The Hate U Give Little Infants F**ks Everybody.” Voila, the title of the book, just without the L.I.F.E. part ’cause we can’t put the “F” word in a Young Adult book title. Plus, that would be one long title.
WAIT…THE ABBREVIATED TITLE IS T.H.U.G???
Yep! On purpose :).
THAT “U” INSTEAD OF “YOU” WAS ON PURPOSE, TOO?
Right again. So please stop side-eyeing me, Grammar Nerds.
YOU’RE A TUPAC FAN? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SONG?
HELL YES. The song depends on the day. That’s the beautiful thing about Tupac – there’s so much variety in his musical catalog. You can check out a few of my favorites in the T.H.U.G. writing playlist.
Soo….do you like Biggie too or nah?
Yep! Love Big, but they were two different rappers with two different styles. I’m a Hip Hop head – I could go on for days just talking about those two. The East Coast/West Coast beef didn’t have anything to do with me (check the Wikipedia page – my name isn’t on it) and that was over twenty years ago so…shrug why not like both and appreciate them for what they brought to Hip Hop?
You were a rapper?
Yes, but I was never signed to a record label. I only did a couple of performances and some radio and newspaper interviews. Also, I was in RightOn Magazine, which was the highlight of my short-lived career.
What was your rap name?
I went through so many! The most known one was Young Short-A. Hangs head in shame.
Can I listen to some of your old songs?
Basic Oreos or the superior Golden Oreos?
Team Golden 4 eva. And you can tell Becky Albertalli I said that.
On Becky’s FAQ, she throws shade at Golden Oreos and at Adam Silvera for liking them.
I know. She’s a master at Golden Oreo shade. But when you’re great, haters come with the territory.
Becky throws shade at you on her FAQ too & gives reasons why Basic Oreos are better .
Two words: Oreo Mouth. You don’t get that with Goldens. Sooo Kanye shrugs while flashing clean teeth.