An Update

09/09/2008 at 8:40 am (Uncategorized)

My deep thanks to all of you who have read my posts and left comments.  It is so nice to hear from you.  I wanted to take a minute to answer some questions several of you have asked.I am gearing up to write another book about the girls (women) of the Sisterhood.  I am thinking about them quite a bit later in their lives (mid to late twenties), and I promise the big questions, issues, and love interests (Kostos, among others) will not be left out.   I have been missing all of them recently.  I have quite a bit of (fun) work to do, so I would guess that book will come out in 2010.In the meantime, I have a new book coming out this January.  It is called 3 Willows.  The main characters are new, but the book takes place in the same world as the Sisterhood.  In fact, there are certain secondary characters you will recognize.  (Effie!)  So that’s the news for now.  Please stay in touch.

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Writing Young

09/08/2008 at 8:38 am (Uncategorized)

I tend to write about characters who are younger than me.  In the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, the characters started out being sixteen and by the end were nearly twenty.  In the Last Summer (of You and Me) the three main characters are in their early and mid-twenties.   At readings and in interviews people often ask me why this is so.  I’m not sure exactly why.  But it’s a pretty fascinating stretch of life.  Many if not most of the great novels of the last couple centuries are about teenagers or characters in their early twenties: Jane Austen’s novels, the Bronte novels, much of Dickens, Thackeray and so on.  It’s the time in our lives when we are making critical decisions (and mistakes) about who we are going to be and whom to love.  We get to take longer to figure it out this century, but it’s still a pretty dramatic period of life.   Besides being asked why I write about young characters, I am often asked how I write about young characters. How do I throw myself across the chasm of full adulthood to relive that period?  I guess I don’t, really.  Age is not so much a feature of your character, as the spot where you stand for a pretty fleeting time on the arc of your life.  When I write about a character who is eighteen or twenty, I try to include her as she was when she was four and eleven and also as she’ll be when she’s thirty-five and seventy.  When I think of my own self twenty years ago, I don’t feel like I was a different person.  The circumstances in my life have changed a lot, but I don’t feel like there is any chasm to cross between me now and me then.  My interior life feels very much the same.   The other explanation is that I have a deep emotional attachment to that juncture of life and haven’t quite moved on from it.  I guess that’s possible too.

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