Here is your WBBT schedule starting on Monday, December 6th. This schedule will be updated daily with quotes and direct urls so be sure to check back as the week goes on.
Elizabeth Hand at Chasing Ray: "I wanted to show how, even if your life doesn't come out the way you imagined it would, at seventeen or twenty or twenty-five, you can still have a pretty good life. That â€˜s the way most of our lives turn out."
Maya Gold at Bildungsroman: "I was definitely a theatre kid -- I acted, directed, built sets, ran lights, and designed costumes, but my singing voice sounds like a foghorn, so when my drama club did musicals, I was usually backstage or in the audience, cheering on my friends."
L.K. Madigan at Writing & Ruminating: "A boy character disobeys his parents? He's bold and strong-willed. A girl character does the same? She's a brat."
Paolo Bacigalupi at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy: "At root, though, I feel like my job is to take in tons and tons of pieces and then let them rattle around in my head, so that when I'm sitting down to write, I have details and ideas at hand."
R.J. Anderson at Hip Writer Mama: "I thought it must be some kind of fluke or elaborate prank, but when the sequel REBEL came out a year later, it was actually embargoed in Ireland until the release date. Embargoed! You'd think I was J.K. Rowling or something!"
B.A. Binns at The Happy Nappy Bookseller: "Before I start a new work I have two quotes from my research into teenagers that I reread. One reminds me that teenage girls have a near universal fear that "a girl unremarked by boys ceases to exist." The other that "there are few forces more potent to the adolescent girl than the male gaze."
Daisy Whitney at Bildungsroman: "LOVE writing for teens. But it was a long road paved with many thanks but no thanks and I have the stack of rejection letters and 300,000-plus unpublished words to prove it."
Adam Gidwitz at Fuse Number 8: "Hansel and Gretel meet a cannibalistic baker woman, a handsome but dangerous stranger, the Devil, the creepy moon, a dragon, and, most harrowingly of all, their own parents again. It's just as bloody and gruesome as the original Grimm fairy talesâ€”but it's also funny. At least, I think it is."
Salley Mavor at Seven Impossible Things: "My mother had a big influence on my development as an artist. There was always time for art and I never heard her say no to an imaginative scheme. She would help us gather supplies and teach us whatever we needed to make an idea come to life. We lived in a perpetual state of clutter, with the technique du jour in evidence all through the house. One day, Mom had the children clear a path through the living room so that our father could walk through. "
Josh Berk at Finding Wonderland: "I think about Woody Allen -- I read where he described his early works as basically being excuses for jokes. The plot and character and everything else was secondary. And then towards the middle of his career his plots and character development got deeper while his jokes remained funny and those movies are recognized as his greatest achievements. AND THAT'S THE ONLY EXTENT TO WHICH I HOPE MY LIFE MIRRORS WOODY ALLEN'S."
Andrea Seigel at Shaken & Stirred: "I inwardly groan when I hear people say, "Life is the journey, not the destination"--which always sounds so, so gross--but I guess I'm describing a similar leaning when it comes to storytelling. This is also probably why I'm basically uninterested in out-and-out villains as well as epic adventures (unless Bill and Ted are having them). "
Adele Griffin at Bildungsroman: "We wanted to think about how putting on a blue wig made this issue not just Raye's problem, but something a lot of kids were dealing with."
Susan Campbell Bartoletti at Chasing Ray: "Think about it. Our nation is built upon a creed of equality and justice, and yet our history is replete with stories that show the actions of our leaders and ordinary citizens not living up to the words of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. "
Charles Benoit at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy: "When I started You, I knew I wanted a book that would have a WTF? ending (that stands for Wild, Thought-provoking Finish). I wanted readers to be, shall we say, uncomfortable with how it ends."
Sarah MacLean at Writing & Ruminating: "It's a shocking, saddening truth that people think of romance as the bastard child of fiction â€” and that is no different in YA."
Allen Zadoff at Hip Writer Mama: "I felt I couldn't compete in a lot of areas, so I became the funny, smart kid when I really wanted to be the sexy, athletic one. I mean, honestly. Would your rather be Woody Allen or James Bond?"
Kathi Appelt at Shelf Elf: "When I write a dog character, I don't want the dog to be a human-in-dog's-clothing, even though to a certain extent there's some of that anyways, rather I want the dog to feel dog-ish on the page."
Heidi Ayarbe at The Happy Nappy Bookseller: "I have a rule of thumb for novel characters. Protagonist or antagonist, they have to be good at something. They have to excel so we can admire them (even if we might hate them)."
Julia DeVillers & Jennifer Roy at Bildungsroman: "I have a master's degree in journalism but I petitioned to take children's literature in the education department as a 'minor.' (I had to petition because the journalism board didn't think children's literature was 'serious' enough. I won that battle.)"
LeUyen Pham at Finding Wonderland: "I went to the Brooklyn City archives and the New York City archives to research what the cities looked like at the turn of the century, the costuming, everything. I found an old collection of city maps that would be the equivalent to today's "Thomas Guide Maps", with the exception that the maps were also labeled with the local businesses. Then I cross-referenced those maps with old photographs at the time, to determine just which streets I was looking at, in regards to the Brooklyn Bridge. So in the book, the store fronts at the houses are all fairly accurate to what would have been Brooklyn at the time."
Paula Yoo at Hip Writer Mama: "FINISH WHAT YOU START. I had a teacher say anyone can start a novel. Anyone can start a script. And there are many talented writers out there. But not everyone can FINISH a novel or script. And being talented is only half the battle â€“ you have to also be a "finished writer" in order to succeed in this business."
Marilyn Singer at Writing and Ruminating: "I don't memorize movie lines. Heck, I can't even remember lines I've written. However, I do memorize and sing songs. The last was "How Little We Know" by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, which, coincidentally is from a movieâ€”the Bogart/Bacall film, To Have and Have Not."
Jennifer Donnelly at Shelf Elf: "I also spent a huge amount of time at Paris street markets, because there the cheeses still stink and the chickens still have their heads and feet."
Ted Chiang at Shaken & Stirred: "Stories in which robots are obedient are a kind of wish fulfillment for a "just the good parts" version of slavery. Stories in which robots rebel, or try to win legal rights, acknowledge that you can't have the convenience of slavery without the guilt."
Sofia Quintero at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy: "If anything, I'm drawn to the novel being at once a time capsule of the time it was written but also a testament to the things that do not change, particularly about the human experience. That's how I feel about the work of YA authors that I still reread at my age like Judy Blume and Marilyn Sachs to name just two, and maybe that's a bit of arrogance on my part to think that anything that I will write will ever have that kind of lasting impact, but, hey, you can't achieve if you never aspire to it."
Maria Snyder at Finding Wonderland: "ystopian worlds became more popular with Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. I think it's because it was so different than what was out there for teens. Yes there were books like Brave New World, but the Uglies books were told from the main teen character's point of view. The focus is on the characters and their interactions, not the world. "
Julie Kagawa at Hip Writer Mama: "Meghan was actually the hardest character for me to write, as if was difficult to balance the courage and stubbornness needed in a heroine with the insecurities of a teenage girl. She wasn't a karate master or an expert in guns, weapons, or fighting. She was just a normal teen dropped into extraordinary, strange, and terrifying circumstances. I had to make her reactions as believable as I could, without making her seem like a complete ditz."