Amanda Hocking discusses Wake, Book One of the Watersong series

Amanda Hocking discusses Wake, Book One of the Watersong series


Amanda Hocking

Born July 12, 1984

Occupation Author

Genre Young-adult fiction

Subject Paranormal romance

Notable works Watersong series, Trylle Trilogy


Amanda Hocking lives in Rochester, Minnesota. Employed as a group home worker until 2010, she wrote 17 novels in her free time. In April 2010, she began self-publishing them as e-books. By March 2011, she had sold over a million copies of her nine books and earned two million dollars from sales, previously unheard of for self-published authors. In early 2011, Hocking averaged 9,000 book sales each day.


Amanda's published work, originally self-published, consists of My Blood Approves, a vampire romance series; the Trylle Trilogy, which covers a teenage girl's journey of self-discovery in an urban fantasy setting; and Hollowland, a zombie novel. The New York Times characterized her novels as "part quirky girl-like-Hocking characters, part breakneck pacing, part Hollywood-style action and part bodice-ripping romance – they are literature as candy, a mash-up of creativity and commerce."

In March 2011, Hocking signed her first conventional publishing contract for four books, at a price of two million dollars, with St. Martin's Press. It concerns her new young-adult paranormal series called Watersong. Book one, Wake, was released in August 2012. All three books in her previously self-published Trylle Trilogy were also sold to St. Martin's Press, and have been re-released from January–April 2012. In 2015 Hocking announced she had signed a new three book deal with St. Martin's and revealed that the books would be a standalone and a duology, respectively. The standalone called 'Freeks' set around a travelling circus in the 1980's will debut in 2016, while the duology to be based on Norse Mythology about Valkyries is set for a 2017 release.


My Blood Approves series: My Blood Approves (March 27, 2010) Fate (April 15, 2010) Flutter (May 25, 2010) Wisdom (August 22, 2010) Letters to Elise: A Peter Townsend Novella (December 19, 2010)

Swear (TBA)

Trylle Trilogy Switched (self published 2010, with St. Martin's January 24, 2012)[9] Torn (self published 2010, with St. Martin's February 28, 2012) Ascend (self published 2011, with St. Martin's April 24, 2012)

The Hollows series: Hollowland (October 5, 2010) Hollowmen (November 8, 2011)

Virtue (May 27, 2011) Watersong series Forgotten Lyrics (October 30, 2012) Wake (August 7. 2012) Lullaby (November 27, 2012) Tidal (June 4, 2013) Elegy (August 6, 2013)

The Kanin Chronicles Frostfire (January 2015) Ice Kissed (May 2015) Crystal Kingdom (August 2015)