Friday, April 30, 2010

Who would you rather meet?

This morning I was thinking about how my sense of who is popular and who is not is skewed since I'm a writer. For example, in my mind Suzzane Collins (author of HUNGER GAMES) is a celebrity, while most of my friends would ask "Who is that?"

So here is my question for you. If you could have a 30-minute interview with either Stephenie Meyer or Taylor Lautner, who would you choose? I'll tell you my answer tomorrow.
Thursday, April 29, 2010

What is up with the name Lois?

Have you ever noticed how many great authors have the first name of Lois? Why is that? Of course, I'm not complaining or anything since my name is Lois and I'd like to be a really great author. But on to more deep and interesting things.

I just finished MESSENGER by Lois Lowry. It is the third story in a collection--not really a series--of books about a future time on earth. In these three books--THE GIVER, GATHERING BLUE, and MESSENGER, Lois uses a similar, mysterious, forbidding voice. While I would have to say that MESSENGER is the weakest of the three, they are all excellent. One unique aspect to MESSENGER is that it is one of the few books I've read where the main antagonist is nature. In this case, it is the forest, sort of like Hemingway's ocean.

That said, another interesting think about Lois is that her writing is so varied. Not only is she the author of these dystopian novels, but she's also the author of a historical fiction book set during WWII called NUMBER THE STARS. Add to that the humorous ANASTASIA series and an off-the-wall chapter book called SEE YOU AROUND, SAM, and you have an author who can pretty much write anything.

By the way, the last book I mentioned (SEE YOU AROUND, SAM) is a great laugh-out-loud family read. It's about a little boy who decides to run away after his mother won't let him wear his plastic fang teeth he got at school into the house.

Do you have any favorites by Lowry? I'd love to hear.

P.S. Coming soon . . . a review of another "Lois" author: Lois Duncan.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

To begin, I have to thank my writer's group for getting me started blogging. This post is dedicated to them. I've heard that every personality in the entire world can be found in author A. A. Milnes' Winnie the Pooh. So, I thought I'd give it a try with my writers group so you all can get to know them too. There are nine of us.

Ted is Owl--especially of late as he stays up all night doing who knows what.

Amy is Kanga--mother of seven children (I believe) and full of compassion.

Tasha is Roo--only because she is still shy about telling people she is an author, which she is and a very good one.

Jennifer is Christopher Robin--though she refuses to admit it, she's our fearless leader and is the reason we all got together in the first place.

James is Winnie the Pooh--as one of only two guys in this group, James has no idea how adorable he is.

Jo is Tigger--full of enthusiasm and striped hair. What more need I say.

Margie is Gopher(in the Disney movie)--balancing a full-time job and pumping out an entire novel in less than a year could only be done by someone as hard working as her.

Renee is Piglet--generally timid in her disposition, Renee is determined to conquer fears and come out on top. Go Renee!

And as for me . . . I'm Rabbit--a little odd and annoying, I love making a plan (even though it often goes awry) and I stick to the rules.

By the way, we're missing one character . . . Eeyore. Funny how that happened. All I can say is that A. A. Milne was a genius!

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