Friday, 25 November 2011

A Guest Post from Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Today we have Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of the recently released Little Women and Me! She's talking about why she chose Little Women and what might come next!

I got the idea for LITTLE WOMEN AND ME after my daughter and her best friend read the classic Louisa May Alcott novel for the first time. We were sitting around talking about the two things that bother most readers about the book - 1) That Thing That Happens To Beth and 2) how The Boy Next Door winds up with the wrong March sister - and it set off in me the thought that represents the inspiration that comes before the perspiration for most writers: "What if...?" In this case, it was "What if a contemporary teen were to somehow find herself literally sucked into the classic Alcott novel only to discover that she has to change a major plot point if she ever hopes to get out again?"

In terms of other stories I'd like to retell, for a long time I've wanted to do a contemporary version of A Separate Peace, only switching the setting to an all-girls school so I could explore the corrosive nature of female jealousy - obviously that would be a much more serious book than LW&M. And I've recently begun work on a series for younger readers about triplets who regularly travel into classic novels where they have to change something to get back out again.

Thanks for having me!

Thanks for stopping by, Lauren!


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