|Leslie's newest book|
Leslie Margolis visited our school last Friday. She's an alum and just happen to be wrapping up a book tour, so she offered to swing by and talk to students. She presented to the fourth and fifth graders, missed those two talks. And then she dropped by my classroom at lunchtime to talk informally to middle schoolers, including my 7th/8th grade creative writing class. She shed light on her path to publication and her writing/revision process. Here are some interesting facts I gleaned from her:
- She learned a lot about writing mysteries from ghostwriting Nancy Drew books.
- Carolyn Keene (supposed Hardy Boys author) never existed. (I already know this, but it's always funny to see kids' faces upon hearing the news)
- She shoots for 1,000 words a day. (I'm at 800-1,000 recently)
- She treats writing like a 9-5 job. (I wish)
- She writes in the Brooklyn Writers Space. (cool place)
- Her publisher is really getting behind her new book. (A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery: Girl's Best Friend)
- Publishers don't always get behind books. (Shhh...)
- She started writing stories in the school breezeway. (gotta start somewhere)
Thanks for coming by, Leslie. Nice meeting you and good luck.