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Original Essays | June 20, 2014 1 comment
It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
Jerry SpinelliDescribe your new book.
Love, Stargirl did not start out to be a sequel to Stargirl. One day my wife and fellow writer Eileen suggested I write a short, gift-type book featuring Stargirl and a holiday, maybe Christmas. It sounded like a good idea. I thought about it and decided that Stargirl and Winter Solstice seemed like a good match. Problem was, I never could get a handle on that little book. Stargirl kept wanting to talk, meet new people, push the story. So the little book that wasn't became the sequel that is Love, Stargirl.
Before writing Stargirl, I debated whether to tell the story from Leo's or Stargirl's point of view. I decided in favor of Leo, and I think it was the right decision. But now, with the sequel, I've got it both ways. I've been able to let her speak for herself and to let the reader get to know her more intimately and to show how much she has in common with other kids. Put it this way: if I were designing a girl-kid, Stargirl would be my blueprint.
Anne of Green Gables. I guess I'm a sucker for orphan stories. I love both the book and the movie; in fact, the movie might be my all-time favorite. I've watched it with a number of granddaughters.
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
Describe your most memorable teacher.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
That's it, the word "yes." It's the last word in James Joyce's groundbreaking novel Ulysses. It's the last word in what must be the longest sentence in literature, about 45 pages worth of unpunctuated rumination by Molly Bloom and it sums up her outlook on life. A writing teacher once told me there are two kinds of literature: yes literature and no literature. That's always appealed to me, distilling literature that way, and when I sit down to write my stories I try to make them come out to yes.
What was your favorite story as a child?