About Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott is the author of of eighteen books, including Pure, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012; the sequel, Fuse, will be published in February. She writes under her own name and under pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode -- most notably, National Bestseller Girl Talk, The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, and, for younger readers, The Anybodies Trilogy and The Prince of Fenway Park. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Here & Now.

Recent Posts by this author:

  • Why We Write, Why We Stop, and How We Can Possibly Restart and Keep Going
  • On the Quilting of One-Liners (and the Second Coming of Once-Dead Darlings)
  • The Root of “Prolific”
  • On the Care and Feeding of Writers
  • How to Uncage Your Inner Writer? Ask Your Inner Pulitzer-Prize-Winner.
  • You Want to Write, or Do You Want to Be a Writer?
  • Losing (and Gaining) Heart (and Nerve)
  • Sold Your Debut? Congrats! Now, Come Here.
  • What I Learned from Thomas Edison and Steven Soderbergh and How it Applies to Novelists
  • Musicology of the Novel: A Lesson in Structure and Pacing (with some charts…)
  • The Secret to Writing a First Novel

  • The Root of “Prolific”

    People ask me about my prolific nature and I have different answers. I’ve said that each novel teaches me how to write it. The term prolific novelist dredges up the notion of a formulaic writer; my prolific nature, however, comes from the opposite impulse. I get tired of myself. I get tired of Baggott being […]

    On the Care and Feeding of Writers

    I have a widget on my blog that lists the most popular posts in a sidebar. The one that has slowly grown to the number one spot over the last year is about women writers and ambition. It was prompted last year by VIDA’s Count – a now annual expose on the percentages of women […]

    Losing (and Gaining) Heart (and Nerve)

    Early on in my career, I was surprised when my fellow writers gave up. Some quit before they even began. Some quit right after getting their MFA in creative writing. Some quit after they started publishing short stories. I think what kills me now is how many great writers quit after they’ve published their first, […]

    Sold Your Debut? Congrats! Now, Come Here.

    When I hear that someone’s first novel has been picked up for publication, I have a knee-jerk desire to both congratulate and warn. I reign myself in and only congratulate but here’s my warning. Everyone in the moment when the book has found a home — maybe it was even an exciting auction with a rising […]

    The Secret to Writing a First Novel

    Therese here to introduce you to our newest contributor, bestselling novelist Julianna Baggott. This is her first official post with us. Welcome, Julianna! I recently confessed to a poet friend who’s writing her first novel my secret to writing a first novel – the brilliant accidental loophole that I found on my first try. The […]