Lauren Myracle cracks me up. Considering the title of her newest book, Peace, Love & Baby Ducks
, perhaps I should say she quacks
me up. Last year, after we finally met face-to-face, she dubbed me "Li'l Dub." (Note: She is the only person permitted to call me this.)
We get along famously - or at least I'd like to think so! - and, due to her writing versatility, I recommend her vast variety of books to various audiences and ages.
Rub a dub dub, three ducks in a tub - rather, two ducks, many books, and a whole lot of questions. You've said that it took a good ten years from the time you really focused on writing to the time your first novel was published.
Yes, but not by choice. Just sayin'...What do you know now about the publishing industry that you wish you knew then?
That editors really *are* just people. That they don't always wear black, a la hip and intimidating New Yorkers, but that some of them should break out the pastels more than they do. That wishing and hoping won't make it so, but it's not a bad strategy in terms of keeping yourself focused. That yes, books are products (blech, hate "products"!), but that the fab editors -- meaning the ones I'm lucky enough to work with -- do what they do because books are made not for money, but for love.What do you know now about your own writing style that you wish you knew then?
That "parents" are easier to write once you become one. That setting still sucks. That my brain has gotten more nimble, which I say that not to be braggy, but as a way of rejoicing in the fact that using the same circuits again and again and firing the same set of neurons again and again does strengthen all of those passage ways. I mean, that's so cool, right? That you do something and do it and do it some more...and you do get better? I guess what I'm saying is that writing, at least for me, is NOT about the gift from the sky of plain raw talent. It's about work. And oddly, that makes me so happy! It's lovely to be a human and to have the potential to GET BETTER at whatever it is you do, that's all.You have written for various audiences and genres, ranging from elementary and middle school readers to teens, from realistic fiction to horror, from story stories to collaborative novels. What, if anything, do you think all of your stories have in common?
I know exactly what they have in common: a focus on friendship. I didn't set out to have friendship be my thing, but whaddaya know? It is.Have you experienced any resistance to publication or attempts at censorship when you've dared to have girls kiss girls (Kissing Kate) or talk frankly about their bodies and lives (the Winnie series for kids, the TTYL series for teens) or commit horrible acts (Bliss)?
"Commit horrible acts." Oh, you slay me. (Heh heh heh, little jokey there, eh? You slay me?)
But as for resistance and censorship, that would be a big fat (and often slitty-eyed) YES. In 2007, my ttyl series ranked #7 on the American Library Association's top 10 list of most frequently challenged books. This past year, they jumped to #3. Uh...wh-hoo? I cannot think of one single book I've written that hasn't made some grown-up or other upset/uncomfortable/afraid. It kind of sucks, but I'm not going to let that resistance push me down. The thing is? Really? The characters in my books (well, not counting the ones that, ya know, commit horrible acts) have strong moral compasses; it's just that the situations they put themselves in are "real" and un-prettied-up by fake adult perspective. The girls I write about make bad decisions sometimes, sure, but for the most part, they learn from them.( Collapse )You're welcome, and thank you, mighty Myracle!Visit Lauren's website.Drop by her blog.Check out the Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks Ning network.Related Posts at Bildungsroman:Book Review: Peace, Love & Baby Ducks by Lauren MyracleBook Reviews: The Winnie Books (Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen) by Lauren MyracleBook Review: How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, E. Lockhart, and Sarah MlynowskiAuthor Interview: Lauren Myracle, E. Lockhart, and Sarah MlynowskiToday's ScheduleJenny Davidson
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