Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope everyone is as excited as me about our upcoming Creating Sparks: Kindle the Fire of Imagination Conference. It’s going to be great! So once again, I need to remind everyone to register, register, register if you haven’t done so already. You don’t want to miss this one!
Until then, we have another pre-conference interview to share today, this time with editor Stacey Barney!
Stacey is an editor at Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers. She primarily acquires middle grade and young adult fiction and her list includes such acclaimed and bestselling books as The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had and The Lions of Little Rock, both by Kristin Levine; Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman; NYT bestselling Ask Elizabeth by Elizabeth Berkley; Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor; Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne; and the forthcoming Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein; The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin and Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Now that Stacey is comfy in our cyber chair with her favorite coffeehouse beverage, a chai tea latte . . .
And her favorite snack, almonds . . .
Let’s get started! First off, Stacey, what was your favorite book as a child?
Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
You’ve been locked in a bank vault like that guy from The Twilight Zone, so you finally have time to read! Your glasses remain unharmed, (whew,) so what’s the first book you crack open?
Home by Toni Morrison
or Another Country by James Baldwin
For one day, time travel is a reality and you have the opportunity to visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would it be?
Read. Read. Read. Read.
Thanks, Stacey, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference!
Happy writing and drawing, everyone! 🙂