Sarah Beth Durst
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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Be prepared. Be happy. Watch out for skunks.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Abraham Lincoln. "Perhaps, Mr. President, you might skip the theatre tonight..." Or simply, "Duck!" Except that I don't believe you can change the past even if you could time travel, so he'd probably dismiss me as a lunatic and then the Secret Service would later lock me up as an accomplice because how else could I have known... Okay, maybe I should just tell Shakespeare that he did a good job on Hamlet.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I can't parallel park.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow (though it always makes me cry). Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo from Cinderella (because it always makes me smile), also When a Hippo Can Dance by Sandra Boynton (same reason). Caribbean Blue by Enya (because it's pretty, though I have no idea what the lyrics are). Just a Little Girl by Amy Studt (because it makes me feel like conquering the world).
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Perseverance. I think that's an essential quality for a writer (or anyone with an impossible dream) to have. I also love being an optimist. It's easier to persevere if you toss in a little bit of rose-tinted-glasses-style self-delusion.
September 26, 2011Last week I celebrated the book birthday for my latest YA novel, DRINK, SLAY, LOVE, so I thought I'd take a moment to tell the story of how this book came to be. Here's a rough transcript:
MY BRAIN: So, what are we writing about next?
ME: I really like unicorns.
MY BRAIN: What are you, four years old?
ME: What's wrong with unicorns?
MY BRAIN: Unicorns are not cool. Unicorns are sparkly.
ME: My unicorns would be cool!
MY BRAIN: You just miss your Lisa Frank sticker collection from your Trapper Keeper.
ME: I loved those stickers.
MY BRAIN: Think of something else.
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