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Interviews | May 16, 2013 0 comments
Claire Messud's new novel, The Woman Upstairs, is fiercely intelligent and urgently intimate, written with precision, humor, and an incredible... Continue »
Yeardley SmithDescribe your latest project.
My book is called I, Lorelei, and to me it's a story about the everlasting friendship between my main character, 11-year old Lorelei Lee Connelly, and her cat, Mud. It's about how that friendship helps her through the ups and downs of sixth-grade life.
The book is Lorelei's diary, which she starts keeping the day after Mud passes away. At first glance this might seem sad, but it's wonderful, actually. Because Lorelei knows that writing to Mud each day will help her get through missing him.
Since it's her diary, and diaries are private, Lorelei gets to say whatever she feels like. She has a very funny, matter-of-fact way of telling it like it is, from the daily disastrous school play rehearsals, to her parents splitting up, to outsmarting the school bully. Basically, Lorelei is who I wish I had been at age 11. She always manages to land on her feet. Just like a cat, for that matter.
Babe, the pig from the movie Babe. Because he can talk. (I like to think he would talk to me, not just other animals.) And he's very brave. Also I'd like Mary Poppins to be my friend because she's magic.
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
Do you read the Sunday funnies, and which are your favorites?
What was your favorite story as a child?
What do you do for relaxation?
What is your idea of bliss?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Tell us about your pets.
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the best.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
If you could be someone else, who would that be, and why?
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Yeardley Smith is a novelist, playwright, and actress who has appeared on Broadway, on television, and in films. She is perhaps best known as the Emmy Award-winning voice of Lisa Simpson on Fox's hit television show The Simpsons. When she isn't working, she's knitting. Yeardley lives in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.