Hey amigos, I had a fantastic opportunity to ask Catherine Greenman, author of Hooked a question! Please give her your warmest welcome.
“Why did you chose crocheting as a subtopic for Hooked, because it did play such a huge role (and was awesome, BTW, I wanted to go out and pick up some yarn afterward despite not knowing anything about crocheting)?”
While I was writing Hooked I was dipping in and out of crochet projects. I would start a project with tons of motivation and inspiration only to abandon it due to time constraints or from being too discouraged by not knowing how to fix a mistake I’d made. (Un-completed granny-square throw, I’m looking at you.) So Thea’s pursuit of crochet was sort of my idealized version of how someone gets into a hobby: They get really into it, they stick with it and get better and take on more complicated projects, then maybe they get a great idea, like crocheting a bikini, and the idea takes off into a business. A crocheted-bikini business is a bit of a fantasy, I realize, but businesses are built on fantasies!
Also, like many people do, I got into crocheting as a response to all the computer/phone related stuff I do, which, I found, was becoming soul-depleting. The drive to crochet, like the drive to write a book, are about the same thing: the deep desire to make something yourself!
Just like it is for me, crocheting was a release for Thea, it was calming, it was soothing, it let her take stock of the moment and it grounded her in reality. It was, therefore, a great story device in helping her turn her life around.
Fascinating, no? Anyways, you can read all about Hooked here. And check out her bio and website here. Also, if you leave your feed reader and come to my site, if you look in the left corner, you can see the trailer for Hooked in the multimedia box.
Okay, so the part you have ALL been waiting for!