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El Matarife Fernando LalanaSiempre será diciembre Wendy DaviesLa maldición de Trefoil House Raquel de la Morena, Pedro EstradaRéplica (Réplica I) Lauren OliverLos buscadores de libros (primera parte de la saga) Jennifer Chambliss BertmanLo del abuelo Anna Manso
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Lisa McMann

El Templo #38 (febrero 2014) por Lucía Gayo


In the FAQ section of your website you give advice to aspiring writers. You say that writing is hard and that there are a lot of disappointments. What was your personal experience when you started writing? Was it difficult for you to get published? 

When I started writing during and after college in the early 1990s, I had high expectations. After the rejections started rolling in, I realized I didn’t quite have what it takes to be a writer. So I didn’t write anything for ten years. When I started writing the second time in 2002, I was more determined to succeed. I knew there would be rejection, and every time I received a rejection letter for my work, I allowed myself to feel bad about it…for five minutes. And then I sent my work to someone else. In 2006 I wrote my first novel. I received over 70 rejections from agents before I put it aside. But I kept writing through that process and had written another book. Unfortunately, that second book was…just…bad. I never sent it anywhere. It’s very hard to spend all that time writing something and then admitting to yourself that it’s not good enough. Luckily, while I was writing it, I got the idea for the third book. I wrote it feverishly in seven days, revised it over the next few months, and managed to get an agent right away—my dream agent. He sold it to Simon & Schuster, and that book was called WAKE, the first in a trilogy.

What drove you to start writing YA literature?

I don’t know. Looking back, much of my writing, including many, many short stories, included young people as the pivotal characters. It felt very natural for me to write about them. I never really thought about it – it just happened. I think the teen years are the most interesting of all age groups and offer a lot of potential for angst, drama, love, failure, and success.

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