Kindergarten, Writer, Jen Malone discussed on What Book Hooked You?


This is what book you I'm Brooke Shelley and thanks for listening on this absurd. I Have Jen Malone who newest book the arrival of someday comes out on July. The twenty third from Harvard Teen and Jen has written many books from younger kids to Waie and this book she explains their arrival of someday that was very different for her and you'll hear why so listen yeah so jen. What book cooked you okay so I'm not sure if I two antics I'm GonNa give you book and a method actually because because when I was about four and a half my mother used in probably wasn't officially hooked on phonics because I don't even know if that existed then but version of phonetic teaching to teach me how to read and I have really vivid early memories of of of laying on her bed with her at night and flipping through index cards that had letters on them <hes> and I she had just had a little sister introduced to the household so it was really treasured what on one time with my mom and it also allowed me to skip kindergarten because I could already read at that point and so from very early on I was always giving the message that I was special because of my reading and that it was kind of my superpower and made me <hes> was was kind of something that set me apart from the other kids and so I really embrace that as part of my identity and it turned into a lifelong reader and now writer course just because of the way that it always had had a really special place in my life and myself identity as well but if we're talking strictly books one of the very early ones that I remember reading again with my mother on her bed alternating chapters that we read out loud was was whites the trumpet of the Swan and that I still have that exact copy and every so often I go back and revisit? It and I don't want anyone to tell me anything bad about A._B.. White or that book nothing problematic please because I claimed to that one that's great and so that's a great little story of sharing time with your mother especially with the with the newborn sibling I get that and so it sounds like you know that really was the spark for you. You were a big reader so beyond just trumpet of the Swan <hes> At that age was there something like a series or some other types of books that you kind of always gravitating towards <hes> always kind of interested in topic or theme whatever it may be yeah and it's interesting because it's so much a part of what I right now always gravitated towards funny contemporary stories so I loved all of the Ramona books I I loved anything Beverly Cleary N I find that when I especially when I first started writing <hes> that I had that sort of pacing and style and humor in the back of my mind as I wrote because because those for me that was middle grade yeah and then as you grew up moving into your teenage years you're y years what was was reading still as important or did kind of adolescence social life school just in general kind of get in the way and reading kind of slow down during that time period yes so it's interesting reading never slowed down for me which I have three teenagers. There's myself now and I see how that transition happen. Of course we didn't have smartphones and Youtube and all of this other exciting things <hes> so whatever was on T._v.. was what you had to watch and it wasn't always something you're interested in so I definitely definitely stuck with books <hes> but I also <hes> when I was forty was diagnosed with A._d._H._d.. And have now come to realize in sort of working through all of that <hes> that I definitely used books as a way okay to escape in a way that was socially acceptable. When I was overwhelmed and over stimulated I would disappear into a book and you know what parent is going to say? Put Down Your Book. It's not quite like put down the video dame so my parents it's always encouraged it and left that and it gave me a really easy escape that I didn't realize at the time was a way to sort of shut out the rest of the world and and let myself come back from the that over-stimulation and so then at what point the idea because you were such a big reader at what point did the idea of wanting to create stories of your own really come into play yeah so I would say epton flowed. I was definitely definitely a big writer as a little little kid no early elementary school and but I remember being in third grade so maybe eight <hes> I was a little younger because I had skipped. Kindergarten says a little younger than the other kids but <hes> I want to a contest in elementary school for the best Halloween Short Story and the prize which I considered a terrible punishment was that you got to read the story over the morning announcements after the pledge of allegiance and I was really shied kid so for me that was so intimidating and so vulnerable that I remember having sleepless nights over it. I never told a teacher or parent or anything. I'm sure they would have let me off the hook but I did. It went fine but interestingly I sort of compaign point that experience to win is transition from writing short stories to <hes> not and becoming more interested in middle school in high school in journalism which is what I went to college for and then switched majors halfway through to do copywriting for advertising so always writing but not necessarily always reading stories and so it wasn't until my youngest on just learning to read in kindergarten I have to say we did not do the note cards on on my bed. She never have had the patients for that <hes> but she was reading kindergarten and there was literally one afternoon where I just said. Wouldn't it be fun to write her a little story that she could read to me at bedtime now that she can read instead of one of our picture books and I had no idea at the time that that was going to spark such a big transition in my life with reading <hes> when you became more of a young adult. Do you remember number <hes> some of the big books on the books that you really gravitated towards you really loved during that time in your life yes. They were all the sex because I was so curious as a teen. And that was my way of <unk> asking the questions that I was too shy to ask anywhere else and and it was a very safe place to sort of explore those questions so I remember Judy blume's forever as being being one that I really read and reread <hes> clan of the cavewoman that whole series was really captivating to me and I I didn't really remember at the time that it it had so much explicit romance <hes> and graphic romance but it did and <hes> that was also there wasn't young adult fiction. Really I mean I remember Judy. BLUME had some tiger is but there wasn't a lot that was there certainly wasn't in a category in the library that was called young adult fiction so I was twelve when I was reading Stephen King and definitely all of my grandmother's books whenever I went to visit her she had all the Danielle Steel's and committee P._G.. Rated I would say romances but more than I had been exposed to at that point so it was definitely a peek into an adult world that I really didn't see in my day to day life. That was really intriguing to me. I it was very curious about it and so you had mentioned that your first idea to as an adult into creative writing because you were doing writing professionally was for the idea of a book for for your child and so did how did you then dive in. Did you really right up something. Come up with an idea and then do the research or how did kind of what was your kind of journey through that yeah I would. Let's say in the best possible way in hindsight because it was one hundred percent accidental so I sat down one afternoon. I had this little idea that I don't remember at now where it came from what was sort of the instigator for it but I had this little idea about a girl who was upset that the penny was going to be eliminated from currency or possibly because her name was penny and she identified strongly with it and she was little just like a penny was little and she felt like it should get more respect it so that was the germ of the idea and <hes> and I sat down to write as they said just a short story and it was one of those experiences where time stopped you know you look up three hours later and you think when did it get dark out mm-hmm and I have A._d._H._d.. So my brain is going constantly that doesn't happen very often for me so it was just a a relief <hes> and really captivating and I didn't WanNa stop so the next day I said well. I'm I just had to the story and little by little every day mostly just to have that feeling of time stopping in getting so deep into something that you were just completely consumed with it. I added to the story until maybe maybe a month and a half later. I looked up and said I think I accidentally wrote a book. I didn't write short story and I never still never have written a short story <hes> but but I accidentally wrote a book which I have to say is a really great way to do it especially the first time because it's a daunting task to sit down with a you know a blank page cursor blinking at you and know that you have two hundred pages or three hundred pages to right and so doing it accidentally and falling into it always allowed me to say well. I did it once once so I know I can do it now. I have to do it again and I still say that to this day still daunting to open up a new document and start a new book but but now of course I've done many times so I can build on that and your latest attempt at that the arrival of day which comes out on July twenty third year from Harper teen so let's start talking about that and gave me the synopsis of what the Books About <hes> so <hes> so this book is a little bit of the departure for me because my books previously had been very plot driven and this one is very character-driven <hes> as a quick synopsis it is about a girl who is <hes> extremely confidence kind of a bad ass and she he finds out one day sort of very much out of the blue and unexpectedly that a liver disease that she was born with that has not affected her life..

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