October 5th, 2006

Lucy Woodward, happy

Interview: Janette Rallison

Janette Rallison has written about best friends and boyfriends, basketball courts and baseball diamonds, studying and shopping, drama onstage and off. I recommend her books often to teens and pre-teens looking for fun stories set in school that they can relate to and that make them laugh.

Put it this way: Had these books been published fifteen years ago, I would have read them while watching episodes of Saved by the Bell.

Janette's newest book, IT'S A MALL WORLD AFTER ALL, was just released. She was kind enough to take some time out of her crazy schedule (five kids, many cats, and looming deadlines, oh my!) to do this interview.

Who do you think is the target audience for your stories? How would you define your writing style or genre?

My target audience is a mixed group. When I first started I thought I was writing for teenagers, but I have so many readers who are either a lot older (really old -- like my age) or as young as fourth grade. With my books I don't think age matters so much as sense of humor. People who like my books are people who enjoy laughing -- and of course there is always a little romance thrown in because I'm a hopeless romantic.

A lot of people (and apparently the editors of The Wall Street Journal) consider romantic comedy as "fluff writing". These people are obviously humorless curmudgeons who you would not want to get stuck sitting next to at a party.

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Check out Janette's official website for a funny FAQ, help with book reports, and more.