Author Chat with Anne Ursu (The Lost Girl), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Anne Ursu author of The Lost Girl.
Read on for more about Anne, an interview, plus an giveaway!
Meet Anne Ursu!
Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, named one of the best books of 2011 by School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Amazon, and the Chicago Public Library; and The Real Boy, which was a National Book Award Longlistee and one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. She is also the author of the Cronus Chronicles series. The recipient of the 2013 McKnight Fellowship Award in Children’s Literature, Anne also teaches at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Minneapolis with her son and four cats.
Meet The Lost Girl!
Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up.
When you’re an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark.
Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant—and from their first moments in the world together, they’ve never left each other’s side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were together.
When fifth grade arrives, however, it's decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both.
Iris is no longer so confident; Lark retreats into herself as she deals with challenges at school. And at the same time, something strange is happening in the city around them, things both great and small going missing without a trace.
As Iris begins to understand that anything can be lost in the blink of an eye, she decides it’s up to her to find a way to keep her sister safe.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I was thinking a lot about the way society treats stories about girls—as something niche, lesser—and about what it’s like to be a girl in a world where that was true. I also was thinking about the way close female friendships are treated as suspect. Out of that came two identical twins who care for each other deeply in a world that just doesn’t know quite how to hear them.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Duchess, the cat. She’s super smart, appropriately murderous, and gets to travel through clocks.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. The title has been Lost and Found, Iris and Lark, The Collectors, and probably several things that I forgot. It took a long time to figure out what the right title was.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There is a climactic scene that involves ten people, a cat, and a lot of action. I’ve never written a scene like that before. It takes so much choreography to get it right. It was quite hard and took a lot of work.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Every book I’ve written before this came from a moment of inspiration, and then a rush of writing. This book came from realizing that moment wasn’t coming and piecing together a lot of different things I was thinking about. And I learned that I don’t have to wait for that moment, that this process can work too. And that I can start a revision from the blank page, and the next revision from the blank page, and the next, and eventually the story can find itself.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbie God’s Revenge, the third book in the Jumbies trilogy. These are such smart books—they’re terrific fantasy adventures that engage with really big ideas and dark truths about human history.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
Claire LeGrand’s Sawkill Girls. I can’t stop thinking about that book. It did so much to deconstruct sexist tropes in genre fiction, as well as comment on the patriarchy and its effects on teen girls. I think it’s brilliant.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m playing with a few different ideas in my mind right now. They are all about girls, the patriarchy, and magic—which I think is going to be true for some time. You know, for reasons.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
The villain. There was a lot to balance with him. He needed to walk a lot of lines—weird without being too obviously villainous, creepy without seeming predatory. Figuring out what he wanted and how that intertwined with Iris and Lark’s story took some time.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
The Lost Girl
By: Anne Ursu
Publisher: Waldon Pond Press
Release Date: February 12th, 2019
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