I went to the Half Price Books flagship store tonight for the Penguin Teen on Tour stop in Dallas with Ally Condie, Jandy Nelson, and Meg Wolitzer. They chatted about their most recent books, the writing process, and books they love to read (and re-read).
Jandy mentioned she spent most of her life writing poetry until she got this advice around age 40:
Meg has mostly written adult books (which sounds more risqué than intended):
When asked how to make your writing exciting:
Meg likes to re-read the parts in a book when you know the author was “doing the Snoopy Dance” to celebrate how great they are:
The book Ally wishes her teen self could’ve read:
And the books Jandy would give her teen self:
Meg points out why some books stick with us:
I totally agree! Some books enter your life at just the right time to make an impact on you that lasts a lifetime. This reminded me of how I read The Catcher in the Rye as an angsty teen and totally related to Holden and loved it. But when my husband read it for the first time as an adult, this was his review halfway through (which I saved for posterity because it made me laugh so much): “This guy’s just hating on everything & keeps calling people phonies.” Ha!