Literary Inspiration

Lately I’ve been getting more than my share of literary inspiration!

This spring, Laurie Halse Anderson came to BookPeople in Austin. She is the author of Speak, Fever, Chains, and Wintergirls among many others. Laurie is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature for Young Adults given by the American Library Association. After reading Laurie’s books and hearing her speak, I can come to no other conclusion than this: The woman is a genius.

Laurie held a special session before her public talk for members of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. I asked how she is so incredibly productive–it seems she has a new award-winning book every other day. The answer? Discipline.

Laurie asked me a few poignant questions and quickly uncovered my time-sucking addiction to American Idol. Though she warned me to give it up, I must admit, I could not and saw the season through to the end.

I also had the privilege of attending a celebratory event for the rip-roaring Gothic fantasy Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith and the Newbery Honor Book The Underneath by Kathi Appelt.

Once again, BookPeople was packed with fans of all ages! Cynthia and Kathy interviewed each other, and we all got a glimpse into how they create their magic.

Posted in Shana's Posts, Writing on 04/21/2009 09:42 am

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