Favorite Author Feature: Laurie Halse Anderson

In 2017 I shared Favorite Book Features on my favorite books. This year I started a new series—features on my favorite authors! I’m going to return to my favorite books shelf and look into some of my favorite authors. I’ll share about their books I’ve read and why they’re an awesome author. Today’s featured author is the incomparable Laurie Halse Anderson!

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Favorite Author Feature: Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-Bestselling author. She writes for kids and teens, and writes both contemporary and historical ficiton. Her books feel so true to life and have a way of putting real faces and heart-wrenching stories on the sometimes undefinable problems that teenagers face today. I’ve read all of her books for teens except for the Seeds of America Trilogy.

While I wouldn’t say that Twisted or Catalyst were very memorable, I truly enjoyed reading Prom, Fever, 1793, The Impossible Knife of Memory, and Wintergirls. And, of course, Speak is my favorite book. And I think I like the graphic novel of Speak (with art by Emily Carroll) even more than the original version. Click on the book titles to check out my reviews of Anderson’s books.

As you can see, I own a lot of editions of Speak.

I recently read Anderson’s newest book: Shout, which is a memoir in poems. I loved getting a look “behind the scenes,” learning her history and what led to her writing Speak.

I got to meet Laurie Halse Anderson in 2016

I had the opportunity to meet Anderson in 2016 when she came to speak at a local bookstore as part of her tour for Ashes. In person, she bubbles up with passion for her subjects. She is a fierce advocate for the unheard, and an incredible writer that inspires me every day.

Have you read any of Laurie Halse Anderson’s books? Which ones are your favorites?

Laurie Halse Anderson at Books & Co

On Friday I got the chance to meet one of my favorite authors and one of the biggest inspirations on my own writing – Laurie Halse Anderson. She came to Books & Co in Dayton as part of her tour for Ashes, the final book in the Seeds of America trilogy.

I only started reading Anderson’s books a year ago, but I find each one that I read incredible. You can read my posts about them here and here. Her books feel so true to life and have a way of putting a real face and heart-wrenching story on the sometimes undefinable problems that teenagers face today.

I have read seven of her books: Wintergirls; Speak; Catalyst; The Impossible Knife of Memory; Fever, 1793; Twisted; and Prom. Sadly I started reading her books after I became a poor college graduate and newlywed, so I only own two of her books and was only able to get those two signed. But I look forward to owning them all one day and also reading the Seeds of America trilogy. It was awesome hearing her discuss history and how she went about writing these books.

Anderson also shared her writing process and gave one of the best writing tips I’ve heard. When she’s almost done working on a book, she records herself reading it. Then she takes a printed copy to a coffee shop or just someplace different to get a new perspective and she listens to her recording while following along in her printed copy. As I find my ear to work better than my eyes when proofreading and often end up reading aloud anyway, I can’t wait to try this method with my next book.

I was sad that my bookmarks for Somewhere Only We Know haven’t arrived yet because I really wanted to give one to Anderson and thank her for inspiring me. I still thanked her and told her that I used a quote from Speak as the epigraph for my novel. She was so encouraging to both me and my husband (telling him how her husband supports her work) and I am so glad I got to meet her.

So glad I got to meet one of my favorite authors!

Lastly, I just want to announce that my book is now available for pre-order! You can now pre-order the e-book version from Amazon. Check it out!