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 eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Pizza. (Not such a great stretch since I eat that for almost every meal anyway.)
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Telekinesis. If that's not available, then I'd love to be able to draw well. Or maybe write with my feet. That would be cool.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Louisa May Alcott. Okay, I don't actually know anything about her life, except that she was a writer since a young age and was from Massachusetts. (I live in NY now but was born in MA.) Also, if I'd written Little Women, I'd have tossed in a few more talking animals and not had Beth die. Maybe I'd have had Beth transform into a talking animal... Hmm, Beth as a werewolf...
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.
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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