Coffee & Conversation with Andrew Harwell

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Our series of pre-Team SCBWI in MD/DE/WV Conference faculty interviews continues! Missed our first two? No worries, just click on these links. #gotyoucovered

Headshot_photo-300x189Today we have Andrew Harwell in the cyber café! Andrew Harwell is a senior editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where he edits award-winning and bestselling middle grade and young adult fiction. His favorite books are the ones that take risks and play for keeps, and that push normative boundaries to reach readers who feel like they exist outside them. Andrew is also the author of the middle-grade novel The Spider Ring. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Andrew now lives in Brooklyn.

He will be co-presenting with Nanci Turner Steveson on Saturday about:

Revising a Novel from the Author’s and Editor’s Perspectives

Nanci and I will discuss the revision process for her debut middle-grade novel, Swing Sideways. I will bring copies of my letters and edit notes, and Nanci and I will walk attendees through everything that happened from the moment the novel was acquired to when it was sent to the printer.

And now that Andrew is good to go with his favorite coffeehouse beverage … a regular iced coffee, (although sometimes he goes with a caramel macchiato when he’s feeling extravagant,) and his favorite snack … brie with apricot jam and crackers, let’s start the interview!

First up, Andrew, what was your favorite book as a child?

murielMariel of Redwall

And now, what’s your favorite book as an adult?

51gKAVDyENL__SX334_BO1,204,203,200_Howl’s Moving Castle or Mrs. Dalloway or the short stories of Kelly Link and George Saunders–I couldn’t possibly choose!

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

I’d buy a nice pair of running shoes.

Cool, another runner! Okay, 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?

51RCrfMd2ML__SX308_BO1,204,203,200_Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It’s been sitting on my shelf for years, and I am confident that I will love it once I finally have time to read it.

If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

Writing screenplays.

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

Louise Fitzhugh. I’d hope some of her cool would rub off on me.

What’s your favorite motivational quote?

“If you love people and things enough, then sensational things happen. That is, if you like, a form of wizardry.” — Diana Wynne Jones

If you could sum up your best marketing advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?

Have fun with it!

Thanks again and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

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About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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4 Responses to Coffee & Conversation with Andrew Harwell

  1. Andrew sold me when he picked Louise Fitzhugh!

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