I Mean, Totally, You Know?

What Spencer Morgan really wanted to ask Kristin Gore (Sammy’s House, 2007; Sammy’s Hill, 2004) about was her brother’s drug bust last week. But instead he heeded the publicist’s command. Fascinating, simply fascinating. From The New York Observer (“More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Kristin Gore’s Writing Process“):

How, with all of these, erhm, outside distractions, does Ms. Gore find the focus to write? "It’s all discipline and schedule for me," she said. Sammy’s House is a sequel to her 2004 comedic novel Sammy’s Hill. "I mean, it’s very easy to get distracted by the real world and things that intrude constantly and it takes dedication to live totally in your head and be tuned out. So for me, it’s also tempting in a creative profession to start feeling like, ‘I’m just not feeling the creative juices today, I can’t do this.’ And I’ve learned that that’s a huge trap, too, because it can stretch into a longer block."

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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