I was lucky to have the opportunity to stop in and watch a school visit with Lynda Mullaly Hunt today at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The auditorium was packed, the students were engaged, and given the chance, I think they would have asked questions well into the afternoon. Some of my favorites included, How would you define courageous? Why do you get a lot of your ideas from license plates? and, If you could be any character in one of your books, which one would you be?
Lynda talked through her writing process for ONE FOR THE MURPHYS and FISH IN A TREE, making special note of her love of writing during thunderstorms, which happened to be rolling through Philadelphia during her talk. She discussed the importance of goals and of grit – making the impossible possible, and the ability to fail and try again. Each student was given the opportunity to add their own goal to the tree.
Last fall my writing group spent some time with Lynda, and learning from her dramatically changed the way I organize the details of my own novels. I am happy to know her and hope everyone has the opportunity to read her wonderful books! Pick up a paperback FISH IN A TREE, which is out TODAY (!) and includes a complete Sketchbook of Impossible Things.