Amparo Ortiz at No Rest for the Lazy is hosting a fake girlfriend/boyfriend blogfest where we write a letter to our favorite author or celebrity crush. I'm doing a little of both:)
Dear Laurie Halse Anderson,
You had me at SPEAK.
You could have gone on to write other books with different and distinct characters facing new issues that would tear our hearts apart, all with the same writing voice. Other authors do it. Almost all writers do it, from what I can tell. But not you.
You wrote WINTERGIRLS.
In a totally different character and writing voice...an amazing voice that drew me in even though the subject matter didn't resonate as much with me as SPEAK. Not until you wrote about it, anyway.
Most of us can only hope to be John Wayne writers, with new stories and characters with each book/movie, but deep down still writing/acting as ourselves. You are a Johnny Depp writer, transforming yourself for every book/role. I stand in awe...a total author-envy crush here...but not a real, real crush like I have on Johnny Depp ;)