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When did you come up with the idea for ALIVE AND WELL IN PRAGUE, NEW YORK?
I was at the
Your main character, Matisse, has to move from the city to the country. Your Website says you grew up in the country. Did you channel any of that into Matisse?
A lot of it! I love a lot of aspects of the country, like the smell of fresh cut grass in summer and the friendly feel of a small town, but I was also tortured by spiders and chased by a goose the way Matisse was.
Beverly Cleary is one of my all-time favorite authors, too! What about her writing speaks to you?
I bet that means we like a lot of the same books- neat! What I love most about her stories is that they deal with the real life struggles of kids, like how crummy you feel if you mess up the words to ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ and your whole family laughs at you. And she does it in a way that is hysterically funny but totally respectful of how kids feel.
What was your writing process for ALIVE AND WELL? Were you an outliner or did it just flow?
I am outline girl- I live for my outlines. I like to sit down and know exactly what I am writing that day, and also to think “I just have to write this next scene” and not “I’m sitting down to write a book.” But that said, I feel really strongly that there isn’t one “right” way to write a book and that the most important thing for a writer is to find her or his own process.
What’s one scene in ALIVE AND WELL that you’d kick and scream if someone told you to delete it?
Funny you ask because I had one of those deleted! It was a short scene at the beginning of the book that I loved so much I read it for my senior thesis reading when I graduated from the New School. My editor was right about cutting it but I loved it so much that I put it up on my website where anyone who browses the “books” section can read it.
You’re a member of the Class of 2k8. How has the support from 2k8ers helped you?
I love being a member of 2k8! There’s a lot that is great about it but I think the most important thing is being able to share ups and downs with a group of people who totally get it and who will always be cheering for me.
Do you have any big summer writing plans?
I am working on my next teen book and am actually hoping to finish it before Labor Day- I’m about fifty pages in so wish me luck with that!
What’s next for you? Any super-exciting new projects?
I have a MG novel coming out next. It’s about a boy who is a huge football fan and one of the kids who gets teased at school. The book starts with him learning that the baby his mother gave up for adoption 21 years ago is the best college football player in the country and the story is the ups and downs that follow that discovery. I’m a huge football fan so this was a fun one to write.
Jess, thanks for having me on your awesome blog!!
Thanks so much, Daphne! You were a fantastic guest!About Daphne Grab
Daphne Grab grew up in a small town in upstate
Alive and Well in Prague, New York hit shelves on June 3.
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