August 20th, 2006

Fringe, contemplative, swing

Interview: Susan Taylor Brown

Susan Taylor Brown's brand-new novel, Hugging the Rock, is out now. I highly recommend it to middle school and high school students. It handles delicate subjects carefully. Brown tells a story which is realistic, dramatic and poetic.

On the first page of Hugging the Rock, Rachel's mom leaves home. Parental neglect is a heavy subject, to say the least. How mindful were you of what you wrote?

I knew before I ever put the words down on paper that the mom in this book was not going to be the most sympathetic of characters. I knew that some readers would have a tough time with that. But I also knew that in order to be true to the story I couldn't tell it any other way. Collapse )

West Coast readers, mark your calendars!

Hugging the Rock book launch party
Wednesday, Sept 27th
7 PM
Books Inc.
301 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA
(650) 428-1234

Read an excerpt - PDF format