A friend told me I was being too “journalistic” when answering interview questions about Pretty Much True… .
You wrote a fictional story in which the characters and actions were different but the feelings and the fear were the same. Get PERSONAL.
I never wanted to do that before, because I wanted to emphasize that the overall feeling of the experience, not my experience but the experience, was what was important. But she made me see that one experience, the story, wouldn’t exist without the other, the reality. Continue reading →
So much, in fact, that she contacted us (“us” being RJ Keller and myself) for an interview, and it’s difficult for us to adequately express our gratitude. We hope “Thank you so so so so much!” communicates it.
From Ms. Leavitt’s bio (with the third-person pov tossed in by us): Caroline Leavitt is the award winning author of eight novels, most recently Girls in Trouble, which was a Booksense Selection and is now in its third printing. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and portions of her novel in progress won a Goldenberg Fiction Prize. She was a finalist in the Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellowship, a semi-finalist in the Fade In/Writers’ Net Screenwriting Competition, and a National Magazine Award nominee.
The interview’s intro:
As anyone who follows me on Facebook and Twitter knows, I’ve fallen in love with Paper Rats videos. They’re hilarious, smart, very knowing videos about the writing experience, so of course I had to track down the people responsible and hurl questions at them. And who are these brilliant folk?
Which writing-related topic should be addressed in the next Inside the Writers’ Studio episode? One of your suggestions WILL be chosen.
R.J. Keller and I have a second episode in production, but we’d like your ideas for upcoming episodes. The only rule is that the topic be related to the writing world (writing, publishing, writers as people, art, etc.).
Author Edward Patterson, whose books are available on Kindle, had the fantastic idea to provide free ebooks to deployed service members.
So far, this many authors have signed up and are donating their books:
Maria E Schneider
Chuck Austen (Illustrator)
Willam Woodell (Bluearkasascowboy)
L C. Evans
R. J. Keller
E. Patrick Dorris
K. Raven Rozier
Susan Helene Gottfried
Joshua T. Calkins-Treworgy
Edward C. Patterson
ADDITIONALLY: Smashwords has joined in! Read their blog about it here. Clicking the link will provide instructions for publishers, authors, and deployed service members who would like to be involved.
Authors with ebooks, or authors who can make their books available that way, this is an incredible and easy way to offer some troop support. I know my husband would have loved having such endless, and free, reading material during his down time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Several authors – including a bunch of Backword Books authors – will be on Book Chatter tomorrow (Friday) night at 9 PM EST to talk about our books, writing, publishing, to answer questions from readers, etc.