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Thursday, November 24, 2011

More Author Insight: Accomplishments

What was one thing you hoped to accomplish as a writer that you already have? What is one thing you still hope to do?

"I'm amazed that I've gotten this far. It's hard to view my journey as an 'accomplishment' - I feel incredibly lucky and almost randomly chosen. I don't feel I've done anything to deserve all this. But, looking forward - I'd really love to see a Dearly, Departed video game. Or a musical. I think I'd take either one of those over a movie! And I'd love to be involved in the creation of either. Realistically, I just hope to finish out a solid series." - Lia Habel, author of Dearly Departed.

"I really wanted to publish multiple books.  That's going on (whoa, crazy).  I want people to hire me to read live, just because I'm funny (maybe I want to be a stand-up comic?).  (Yes.)" - Geoff Herbach, author of Stupid Fast.

"The one thing I hoped to accomplish... write my first novel.

The one thing I hope to still accomplish... write my next novel!

Seriously, it's all about the writing.  That's the part of the job that wakes me up in the morning and that I go to sleep thinking about at night.  I plan to continue writing books for as long as I live.  Any other accomplishment is just icing on the cake." - Sarah Beth Durst, author of Drink, Slay, Love.

"I hoped that someday I’d be able to write full-time. Now I do, and I’m very grateful for it! My next dream is to get mail from actual teen readers who love my book. That would be so exciting!" - Jessica Spotswood, author of Born Wicked.

"From Twitter, I know that I made one reader too scared to sleep because she was reading Frost. Causing insomnia was definitely a goal. One other thing I hope to do is make someone pee their pants with fear. That would be cool." - Marianna Baer, author of Frost.

"Holding a Star Trek novel that I wrote.

As for things left to do . . . there are so many, I can’t narrow them down.  I guess you could say that one thing I hope for is two-fold:  I would like to keep my wits about me for as long as I live so that I’m always able to write—and sell—the next book." - Ilsa Bick, author of Ashes.

"I’ve accomplished my dream of publication by a major traditional publisher, and I hope to do that many, many more times." - Angie Frazier, author of The Eternal Sea.

  "I wanted to be multi-published in the young adult market. I've done that. Now I would like to write a book I can look back on and feel it was close to perfect. Haven't gotten there yet. But I'm pretty tough on myself when it comes to close to perfect." - Stacey Jay, author of Juliet Immortal.

 "I'd always wanted to be someone's favorite author, and I've received a few of those letters. That's impossible to top. My hope is to have a long, fruitful career. It doesn't have to be flashy. Just long." - Stephanie Perkins, author of Lola & the Boy Next Door.
"It was a dream to be published in hardcover, and that happened! I still can’t really believe it. One thing I still hope to do is write a successful series." - Amy Garvey, author of Cold Kiss.
"The biggest thing I wanted to accomplish as a writer was to be able to write full time and support my family.  Thankfully, I have been able to do that.  The second thing on my wish list is to hit the NY Times bestseller list, which I'm still crossing my fingers will happen one day." - Gemma Halliday, author of Deadly Cool.

  "When The Emerald Talisman was on the top #300 list of Amazon, I was skipping everyday! One day I hope something I write hits the top 100 list *swoons*. Also, to get a publishing deal from one of the big 6—that would rock." - Brena Pandos, author of The Emerald Talisman.

"I wanted to bend genre, do something that hasn’t been done before, and I believe Flow:  The Life & Times Of Philadelphia's Schulykill River, a book in which a river tells her life story, was very different from what has come before; I have been grateful to the readers who have responded.  Going forward, I want to publish the adult novel that I’ve been working on for years.  I will not be satisfied as a writer until I do." - Beth Kephart, author of You are My Only.
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