Coffee & Conversation with Chris Crutcher!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Once again, it’s time for another pre-Lucky 13: Make 2013 Your Year Conference interview! Today, we have our super-talented keynote speaker in the cyber chair, Chris Crutcher!


Chris is the author of fourteen books — eleven novels, including his latest PERIOD 8, two short story collections and an autobiography. 

Period.8Prior to his work as an author, he taught school in Washington and California and acted as director of an Oakland alternative school for nearly a decade.  That academic history coupled with 25 years as a child and family therapist specializing in abuse and neglect and 30 years as a Spokane Child Protection Team leader has infused his literary work with realism and emotional heft.  His signature blend of tragedy and comedy have made him a favorite with teen and adult readers.

Chris will be participating in three different presentations:

Loudmouth and Proud of It: Words that Influence Real Life A Conversation with Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher shares his views about the kind of reading kids want or need today, writers and writing that influenced him, what he sees happening in the marketplace, and, yes, why he’s a loudmouth and proud of it. Then he turns it over to you for your questions and ideas.

Turning Real Life into Fiction

As a working family therapist and child protection advocate, novelist Chris Crutcher is witness to compelling real-life stories of pain, recovery, and survival. Turning those gritty tales into works of fiction has helped make the Spokane-based author one of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult writers of our time—and one of the most frequently banned. How does he do it? Why does he do it?  He’ll explain in this powerful presentation.

From History to Story: How a Poet, an Illustrator, a Nonfiction Writer, and Two Novelists Interpret Real-life Events (Newman, Cooper, Crutcher, Bowman-Kruhm, Hemingway) 

I’m very happy he’s speaking at the conference after seeing his awesome presentation at the 2007 West Virginia Book Festival! And now that he’s settled in the cyber chair with his favorite coffeehouse beverage, coffee …


And his favorite snack, Tootsie Roll Pops …

Tootsie rolls

Let’s begin! What was your favorite book as a child, Chris?

Scrambled Eggs Super, Dr. Suess

Scrambled Eggs

Think about your days as a beginner writer. What advice do you wish you would’ve followed?

“Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it.”

What advice do you regret following?

“Pay attention to your audience.” (I didn’t follow it for long.)

You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous!)

$100 dollars worth of those little green army soldiers.

That, by far, is our most creative answer yet. 🙂 Okay, where’s your favorite place to write?

Wherever my keyboard is.

You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read!  Your glasses are fine (whew!) so what’s the first book you crack open? 

Lockpicking for Dummies.

Yep, I had that one coming for that question. 😉 If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

Just getting out of maximum security.

For one day, time travel is a reality and you can visit any famous deceased author you want.  Who do you pick?



Awesome, thanks, Chris, for the chuckles and for stopping by! We’re looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

And for those of you who are catching up with past interviews, here’s the links!

 Marie Lamba, Associate Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Lesléa Newman, Author of many children and adult books

Dr. Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Author/Co-author of picture and nonfiction books

Jenne Abramowitz, Senior Editor at Scholastic

Jessica Garrison, Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers

Rebecca Evans, Illustrator

Susan Stockdale, Author and Illustrator

Happy and drawing, everyone! 🙂


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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