Today’s guest is YA novelist A.S. King, who has a new novel out today called PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ–a Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2010. Kirkus–traditionally the hardest to please of all the top-shelf reviewers–gave PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ a starred review, calling it “A harrowing but ultimately redemptive tale of adolescent angst gone awry.” King’s debut novel, THE DUST OF 100 DOGS was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an Indie Next Pick For Teens and a Cybils award finalist. Her work has been described as fiction for teens that “can trump similar novels for adults.”
Recently returned from Ireland, where she spent about a decade dividing herself between self-sufficiency, breeding rare poultry, teaching literacy, and writing novels, she now lives deep in the Pennsylvania woods with her husband and children. Her next YA novel, EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, is due from Little, Brown in Fall 2011.
Sounds like a busy person, right? Maybe crazy-busy? That’s kind of the point of her post–a new addition to her Writer’s Middle Finger series. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Read on, and enjoy!
(Middle Finger Deathmatch:
Going Completely Insane)
I used to think: When I finally become a published writer, I will be mellow. I didn’t want to freak out or be stressed. I took my trusty writer’s middle finger and flipped off the idea of being pressured. “Up yours pressure! You can’t catch me! I am too mellow!” I did this because I lived the life of a very very very mellow person for a very very very long time. I wrote on my own terms. I grew that writer’s middle finger. And I vowed to never let publishing change me. [Read more…]