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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Author Insight: Leave your mark

All artists and writers hope to leave their mark in the world. When you're gone, what would you like yours to be?

"I’d like to be remembered as the first children’s writer to be a recipient of the Noble Prize in Literature. That's attainable, right? But seriously, if even one of my books is still in print when I’m on my deathbed, I will be happy with that. For all I know, one is as likely as the other." - Amy Kathleen Ryan, author of Glow.

"Brodi Ashton: She never gave in to the temptation to spend her days sitting in a recliner, stuffing her mouth with potato chips, tin foiling the windows, and reading her bad reviews." - Brodi Ashton, author of Everneath.

"Helping people feel less alone. To give someone a reason to live. An author did that for me once, and I want to return the favor, and pass it on to someone else." - Anna Sheehan, author of A Long, Long Sleep.

"I'd like to be remembered as a hard working professional who got better with every book." - Jeff Hirsch, author of The Eleventh Plague.

"Ripping yarns and beautiful artwork." -Teresa Flavin, author of The Blackhope Enigma.

"Maybe that should be most artists and writers. I've never really thought about leaving my mark, and I don't anticipate anyone remembering me for very long." -Susan Beth Pfeffer, author of Blood Wounds.

"I hope to be remembered for honest and entertaining books that reflect reality, and that young people can carry in their hearts for years. If they can look back and remember my books as something that had an impact on them, I can’t ask for more than that." - Jennifer Castle, author of The Beginning of After.

"I just hope the stories ring true for people and seem real. I love it when people say my characters feel like real life friends." - Melissa Walker, author of Small Town Sinners.

"Wow, is there something wrong with me? *shifty eyes* I hadn't really thought about that specifically. I do hope that the stories I write spur readers to think a little more deeply about what's going on in their lives. To not throw away freedoms they have - because getting those back are a whole lot harder that one thinks. And… I hope people will remember me as a decent storyteller." - Julia Karr, author of XVI.

"To be honest, I don’t have any grand message I want to leave. I’m thrilled to have written a book that will most likely exist somewhere (even if it’s just the Library of Congress) after I’m dead, but the most important thing for me is to tell a compelling story. One that you want to read more than once." - Kiki Hamilton, author of The Faerie Ring.

 "Diane Wynne Jones and Eva Ibbotson have the kind of legacies I dream of. Solid careers of darn good books." - Jaclyn Dolamore, author of Between the Sea and Sky.

Stop by Thursday to find out what mark the rest of the authors want to leave on the world!
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