*Missing post from Friday*
Interview with Laurel Garver, author of Never Gone
I grew up in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, but have lived in Philadelphia my entire adult life, so rural vs. urban themes come up in my work. I studied English as an undergraduate and studied aboard in the UK my senior year. I went on to pursue a master’s degree in journalism, and have worked as a magazine editor my whole career. Choral music and theatre were my big loves all through school. Were I coordinated enough to dance, I might have pursued musical theatre further than my college drama club. I’m married to a philosophy professor and we have a ten-year-old daughter who we’ve molded in our geeky image of loving Dr. Who, Monty Python, Middle Earth and Hogwarts. I’m excessively fond of all things British, as only a non-native can be (the grass is more magically green in a place with a queen?).
I wasn’t much of a reader as a kid. I preferred imaginative play in which I made up my own adventures. Story writing was something I discovered I enjoyed in school. Sometime between the age of twelve and thirteen, I had so much fun with a school writing assignment that it morphed into my new obsession. All through middle school and high school, I always had a story in the works, though I more often started projects than finished them. Learning to finish came with training.
The book- Never Gone
I think my book trailer summarizes it best:
The idea of parental haunting is pretty old. Shakespeare uses it in Hamlet, for example. I also was inspired by the TV show Providence (1999-2002), in which a young woman moves home after her mother’s death, and often has long heart-to-heart talks and arguments with her mother’s ghost. The idea of a parental presence lingering to help a child fascinated me, especially when it’s unclear why it’s happening (is it supernatural or psychological?).
Favourite book genre and why?
American YA author Deb Caletti is one many YA readers haven’t heard of, though she was a National Book Award finalist (for Honey, Baby Sweetheart in 2005). She writes great, complex, realistic fiction for teens with characters you root for. One of my favorites of her books is Wild Roses, which explores artistic talent and mental illness.
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