Your SBBT schedule for today:
Mitali Perkins at Hip Writer Mama: "Do we really want to go back to the day when you and I couldn't drink from the same water fountain, or when children everywhere were dying of diseases that are now history? No way! I prefer to dive into the deep end of youth culture and celebrate the grace I find there."
Svetlana Chmakova at Finding Wonderland: "Creators are, by their nature, incurable slackers; getting yourself in gear and tackling the enormous work involved in producing that many pages of art and story is very difficult."
Dana Reinhardt at Interactive Reader: "Reader response has been wildly different. Some people have had a hard time with HARMLESS. They're so angry with the kids that it gets in the way of enjoying the story. To be fair, there are also readers who have let me know that they loved HARMLESS and thought it a much better novel than my first. To each her own taste, I guess."
Laura Ruby at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy: "I wrote this book in a fever. I didn't keep outlines, I didn't plan chapters, I just wrote as fast and as well as I could and saved the technicalities for later."
Holly Black at Shaken & Stirred: "Being trapped beneath a deadline is scary, because you wind up having to write so fast that you no longer have time to consider whether what you are writing works and you have to rely on the eyes and ears of the people around you more."
Hilary McKay at Bookshelves of Doom: "I remember giving my mother a Christmas list of books when I was eleven: Lord of the Rings, Ring of Bright Water (Gavin Maxwell), To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World and something else I can't recall. She bought me them all and wrapped them up in one fat wonderful parcel."
Kirsten Miller at Miss Erin: "Without question, I'm most like Ananka. We share all the same interestsâ€”giant squid, carnivorous plants, New York history. And I, too, am a bit of a goober."
Julie Anne Peters at A Fuse #8 Production: "It wasn't even my idea to write gay lit; in fact, when my editor suggested it, I said, "Are you crazy? Are you insane?â€� I'd been struggling for ten years to establish myself as a children's writer and I thought, If I write this lesbian love story that my editor, Megan Tingley, wants, all my books will be banned. I'll be blacklisted. I'll never make a living as a writer."
Carolyn Mackler at The YA YA YAs: "Then again, yes, I'm incredibly surprised that The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things has been the subject of so much controversy. I wrote a book about a plus-sized girl who learns to feel happy in her own skin without having to lose weight or do damaging things to her body. Ever since this book's publication, I've received hundreds of letters from teen girls telling me that The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things has helped them feel good about themselves, be more confident, and stand up to people who treat them badly. With a message like that, who would want to keep this book from teen girls?"
Jordan Sonnenblick at Writing and Ruminating: "So my starting point for that book was, 'What if a basically good person did something stupid, and then refused to take responsibility?'â€�