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After the Rainby Norma Fox Mazer
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Here Ms. Mazer talks about writing for young adults; writing with her husband, Harry; and what she hopes young adults get from her work.
Q: Why do you write primarily for young adults? Does that age hold special memories for you, or do you feel teens need more books that speak to them?
Q: You grew up an avid reader and now are diligent about writing every day. When did you expand your passion for reading to a passion for writing?
Q: In your new book, "Girlhearts," Sarabeth wishes "someone would really write a book" with the rules on how to behave after her mother has died. "Good Night, Maman" and "Crazy Fish" also deal with the subject of loss. Are your books in some way what Sarabeth is looking for — books that help explain loss and grieving?
Q: "Good Night, Maman" tells the story of a girl who survives the Holocaust by escaping to a refugee camp in Oswego, New York. It was based on an historical event. How did you learn about it and then decide to write about it?
Q: How do you develop the voices of your teenage characters?
Q: You ve written some of your books with your husband, Harry Mazer. How is writing with a partner a different process from writing on your own?
Q: How often do you start writing one story, only to find out you have a different story developing?
Q: Do you have a favorite among your books, or do you think your best book is yet to come?
Q: What do you hope young adults walk away with after reading your books?
After discovering her grandfather is dying, fifteen-year-old Rachel gets to know him better than ever before and finds the experience bittersweet.
At fifteen, Rachel is a worrier. She worries about whether her family understands her, whether her friends like her, and whether she'll get her first kiss before she turns sixteen. And she worries about whether she can handle having a real boyfriend if he does come along.
But it takes a dying old man — her grandfather — who has never been easy for anyone to handle, to show Rachel she has very special abilities. With love and compassion, she reaches the heart of an old tyrant who has always been unreachable. And in so doing, she comes to a better understanding of her family, her friends, and herself.
About the Author
Norma Fox Mazer, who lives in Pompey Hills of central New York State and in New York City, has written nearly thirty novels and short story collections for young adults. Her novels, including Missing Pieces, Out of Control, and the Newbery Honor Book After the Rain, are critically acclaimed and popular among young readers for their portrayal of teens in realistic and difficult problems. In her new book, Girlhearts, she brings back the memorable characters from Silver, who continue to deal with life's hardest moments through their honest and touching relationships.
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