Not Your Mother's Book Club hosted another fabulous event. This time a yummy-chatfest in a dimly lit atmospheric Bistro basement near Golden Gate Park yesterday afternoon. My bud Debbie drove us up, braving fierce S.F. winds (sand-tossed Highway 1!), and tight parking spots.
It was so worth it.
I met many writing friends there. Fellow agent sister Kristen Tracy, a couple Debs, and more peeps I know from the blogosphere. It's always a treat to chat with literaticat and her NYMBC partner in crime Shannon. (The elusive Kristin Tracy is not pictured. Like the yeti, she'd rather remain a legend.)
Laurie cruised from table to table of admiring teens and teens-at-heart eager to grasp her memorable words.
She spoke of her inspiration for writing Wintergirls the difficulty of the topic (eating disorders) and how she wanted to make this book fresh and unique for herself as a writer as well as for her loyal readers.
After my 10 odd starts on Jade it was so validating to hear Laurie herself does the same thing with her first drafts, but once the voice clicks she gets in the zone and takes off. First drafts are the hardest, and she loves revision--perfecting sentences and craft.
I admire so much about her; her writing obviously, but her warmth as she connects with her readers is amazing and the honest way she goes about it, touching. I admire that she wanted to change things up with her novel this time and do something different--in this book, she spoke with tingling excitement about experimenting with various creative devices and magical realism. It's so awesome when a popular, award-winning writer dares to shake things up--I was so so impressed.
Last tour she was wearing a red Gap INSPIRED t-shirt, and this time she inspired me all the more.
The cover image is stunning and it sounds like what's inside is even more powerful. I can't wait to dive into Wintergirls.
Thanks again Not Your Mother's Book Club notyourmothers</a>
and Laurie Halse Anderson halseanderson for visiting S.F. and Menlo Park on such a magical afternoon.
(PS. Apologies for further delay on the Mystery Birthday trip post. It's coming, it's coming!)