Monday, March 12, 2012

MFA Greensboro Alum Julianna Baggott Interviewed by The Reading Housewives of Indiana

Interview with Julianna Baggott
Guess what?! Today is Pure by Julianna Baggott’s book birthday! Guess what again?! It’s also my birthday! In honor of Pure’s birthday, I did an interview with Julianna!

Julianna Baggott1. As many of my readers might not know, you are not a debut author. Which one of your books was the most fun to write?

Well, PURE certainly wasn't fun to write, but it was liberating to take on such a massive canvas. I've built settings, but never an entire world. I've written historical fiction, but I've never taken on writing a new history. I've created many characters' internal worlds, but never amid this much action. Sometimes the writing itself charged my heart. If that's your definition of fun, then it was, yes. But the trilogy is brutal. And while writing the novel, I started to dream in the world. That was not fun. No. Not at all.

2. Since you’ve been a published writer, what do you think the biggest change has been in the publishing industry?

My first book -- 18 books ago -- came out in 2001. So here are three things. The biggest change has been the technology of how we receive our text -- ebooks outpacing books. But that doesn't affect writers as much as access to research. That's incredible. The amount of time it used to take to find information that now takes .13 seconds? The incredible speed at which I can locate and connect with an expert in a field or someone with a very specific life experience? It's really amazing and vast and deep and good. I still have to use libraries and interview and see things with my own eyes, often, but there are so many things made easier. That's changed my writing life. The third thing is this. The interaction with readers -- in these very personal ways -- through technology. I'm currently on a blog tour. I'll reach more people this way than I ever could have in those 12 city tours. They were brutal -- being away from family, waking up at 4 am every morning to catch a flight, driving around to bookstores to sign, giving readings, doing the entertaining, and then -- in my case --not being able to fall asleep in a hotel room when there's a 4 am wake up call ... repeat, repeat, repeat. I love this instead. The kids are in bed now. In fact, I can hear the youngest snoring from where I sit. This, this, this. I pick this.

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