Delia Sherman at Chasing Ray: "Broadway was far and away my favorite part. I LOVE Damon Runyon. I love the voice, the things he did with language, the way he stitched violence and sentimentality and comedy and tragedy into stories that are uniquely and utterly, not only American, but New York. I just giggled all the way through writing the chapters about the Producer (whose office is based on the set of the Broadway musical of that name, by the way) and Honey and Raoul and the Bram Stoker Hotel. Getting it right was less lighthearted process, but then it always is."
Ingrid Law at Fuse Number 8: "When you think of superhero stories, you often don't think of pink Bible toting buses or evil talking smiley faces. All that's about to change."
Polly Dunbar at 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast: "I live in a top floor flat with views of rooftops all around. There are a lot of seagulls in Brighton, and I spend quite a lot of time watching them, watching me. I'm surrounded by books, pens, brushes, toys, puppets and general muddle and about a million bits of colored paper. I would like to be organized enough to color-code the paper, but I don't think it's ever going to happen."
Tera Lynn Childs at Bildungsroman: "Daydreaming = Work"
I do almost all my writing in coffee shops (shout out to Starbucks!) and spend a lot of my time daydreaming, staring out the window, or observing the rainbow parade of customers. It may not look like I'm working, but really I am. Really!"
Siena Cherson Siegel at Miss Erin: "For example, when other parts of life are confusing and chaotic, the repetition of the exercises you always do at the barre can feel like meeting an old friend. Despite the rigors of training your body in class, there is a mental focus, clarity and intensity of concentration needed that can be a relief. This is the part of the ballet training that I described as a refuge in the book. I also really enjoyed being able to express feelings through the dancing. It was a great artistic outlet for a lot of intense emotions."
Barry Lyga at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy: "Oh, no question about it: Godless, by Pete Hautman. I am just endlessly impressed by that book. It's funny and it's serious. It's scary and it's heartfelt. It tackles a huge issue -- religion -- but it does so on a comprehensible, human scale. And it's SHORT! You can read it an afternoon, but in that afternoon, you'll laugh out loud, get choked up, and find yourself with a new understanding of organized religion. That's pretty damn impressive, especially in two hundred pages."
[Post title from Polly Dunbar.]