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A Friend of the Family

Sometimes authors know exactly why they write their protagonists the way they do…they want someone who’s strong and courageous so she can beat the villains; they want someone who’s afraid of the dark so she has to face her biggest fear at the end of the book; they want someone with bright red hair because that reminds them of their childhood best friend. Catherine Linka, author of the award-winning book A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and its newly released sequel A GIRL UNDONE, had a very different relationship with her protagonist, Avie --- she had no idea why she wrote Avie the way she did until the end of the first book. Catherine explains her revelation in her blog post, below. Check it out, as well as both books in her series!
March 23, 2012

Aimee Agresti on Inspiration

Posted by Dana
  The author of the young adult novel ILLUMINATE, Aimee Agresti is also a former Us Weekly staff writer and entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in People, Premiere, DC Magazine, Capitol File, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Washington City Paper, Boston magazine, Women’s Health and the New York Observer to name a few. In this post, she talks about her various sources of inspiration for ILLUMINATE.
Lauren Grodstein, author of A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, describes the thrilling experience of receiving her first "grown-up book" for Hannukah one year, knowing --- even at the age of ten --- that it was one of the best presents she could possibly receive.