Amanda Hocking, where were you born?
I was born in Austin, Minnesota—the town where I still live.
What is the coolest or most distinctive thing about your town?
We are known as SPAMtown USA, and we actually have a SPAM Museum here.
What’s your take on Minnesota in general? Love it or hate it?
I love Minneapolis. I think it has a lot of the perks of other big cities—like plays, concerts, and a bustling nightlife—but it’s always felt very safe to me. I hate the snow. I like it on Christmas day, but I’d be thrilled if it melted the day after. Strangely, I made vampires that prefer winter to summer, when I’m the opposite.