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Interview with Jeanne Birdsall

I love this interview with the author of The Penderwicks, who won the National Book Award this year.

I especially love when she describes spending a year and a half re-writing her book for an editor who had expressed interest - but offered NO contract - only to have the editor tell her she'd wrecked it. Birdsall reminds writers to follow their own instincts about their work.



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Dec. 16th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
THanks for the link. I enjoyed the article and it is a good reminder to follow your own vision, not someone else's. I also liked:
''I have a theory," said Birdsall, 54, during an interview in her home near the city center, ''that the book is a memoir of my childhood -- not my actual childhood, but of the books I read over and over. Those books were my secret life. They're all part of my life memories, as though I had lived them, rather than reading them."
Dec. 16th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed it. Thanks.
Dec. 16th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link--that was a great interview. Have you checked out her web site? There's a really cute interview there where one of the Penderwick sisters interviews the author. The writer girl--Jane, maybe? Plus cute pics of all the author's pets.
Dec. 16th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
Awww ... I'll have to check it out.

I loved Jane.

And I felt her agony when that bastard boyfriend guy crushed her hopes.
Dec. 17th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
Ooh, wait, was Jane the one with the bastard boyfriend guy? I must have the names wrong.

But anyway, I loved all the Penderwick girls . . . my fave children's book this year. I was so pleased when it won the NBA.
Dec. 17th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
No, no ... you're right ... Jane was the writer.

The BB was the mom's bf and he led Jane to believe he would publish her book.
Dec. 17th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
Oh oh oh--I thought you were referring to that guy that the oldest girl liked as "the bastard boyfriend." Oops. Now I remember the other bastard. Thanks. :) Yeah, he was a real creep.
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