Author Laurie Halse Anderson MAG

July 9, 2010
By TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’


Probably best known for her novel Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson has won multiple awards for her writing. With novels like Fever, 1793 and Twisted, she spans genres and tackles unique plots. Her latest novel, Wintergirls, is available now.

Rachel: How were you inspired to write Speak? Was it based on a real-life incident?

Laurie Halse Anderson: Speak is about 10 percent based on the depression I suffered after I was raped, and 90 percent fiction.

Were you involved with the making of the movie “Speak”?

I was given the opportunity to work on the script, but I turned it down because I was busy writing a novel. I was on the set for three days, and had a cameo appearance as the lunch lady who serves Melinda mashed potatoes in the cafeteria.

Are you happy with the final product of the book and the movie?

I think Jessica Sharzer, the director, did a remarkable job with very few resources. Showtime dictated the change to the ending – there was nothing anyone could do about that. But I thought Kristen Stewart and the other actors gave great performances. And I was thrilled to hear so many of the lines from the book make their way onto the big screen!

Where do you find inspiration for your novels?

From my readers.

What is your favorite of your books?

I don't play favorites. This way my characters don't gang up on me.

Who are your favorite authors?

Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth George, Deb Heiligman, and Charles Dickens.

Which authors have influenced you?

I really have no idea. Probably someone who studies literature could figure that one out.

What advice do you have for aspiring teen writers?

1. Don't let anyone tell you that you cannot do this.

2. Be nice to your parents, because if you want to be a published author, you'll probably wind up living with them after college. For a decade.

3. Real writers revise their work over and over and over. Just sayin'.


The author's comments:
"Speak" is one of my favorite books and movies! It was exciting to get to interview the author!

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TheJust ELITE said...
on Jun. 6 2013 at 6:46 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

I asked what I was curious about. If you would like different questions, feel free to interview her yourself.

TheJust ELITE said...
on Jun. 6 2013 at 6:46 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Thanks! But it really has nothing to do with luck; just persistance and willingsness to search. :)

rhea752 GOLD said...
on Jun. 6 2013 at 1:25 pm
rhea752 GOLD, Merritt Island, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Maybe it's not about the happy ending, maybe it's about the story.

I love Laurie Halse Anderson!! Great interview!! Wish I were as lucky as you :(

on Dec. 29 2012 at 7:08 pm
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

This interview isn't even all that original. I've read one just like it in various other places. Couldn't you have gotten less clichéd questions?

TaurusGal GOLD said...
on Jun. 1 2012 at 2:53 pm
TaurusGal GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
13 articles 25 photos 110 comments
Thanks, I will definitely... =]''

TheJust ELITE said...
on Jun. 1 2012 at 2:47 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

You really should. She's amazing!

TaurusGal GOLD said...
on Jun. 1 2012 at 2:44 pm
TaurusGal GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
13 articles 25 photos 110 comments
I'm inspired.  So true that other people's negative thoughts about you doesn't matter as long you are confident about yourself.  And I really like the part where it is said that real writers revise their work over and over to make their work more complete.  Proof-reading is very important indeed.  I guess I have to read her books. ^_^

on Feb. 7 2012 at 7:22 pm
I absolutely everything about her book I've read every thing from Twisted to Wintergirls. She has to be one of the best authors I've ever read

TheJust ELITE said...
on Jul. 31 2011 at 3:31 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Thank you! I haven't read that one yet. I'll have to see if I can find a copy. :)

on Jul. 31 2011 at 1:28 pm
M.Trainor SILVER, Pataskala, Ohio
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Great questions. I loved Twisted, and it was great to hear about the genius behind it.

TheJust ELITE said...
on Jan. 4 2011 at 3:50 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Yes, I was. Thanks for the comment and check out some of my other interviews if you have the chance! :)

on Jan. 4 2011 at 2:15 pm
hancampbell GOLD, Woodside, California
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Favorite Quote:
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one." <3

"Not all who wander are lost"

She's such an amazing author and inspiration. Her books are so down to earth and awing. You're so lucky you had the chance to interview her(:

TheJust ELITE said...
on Oct. 26 2010 at 4:38 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Hey and if you liked this article, would you mind sharing on your FB or Twitter or w/e? Since we both agree that more people need to comment ;)

TheJust ELITE said...
on Sep. 16 2010 at 3:31 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

I completely agree, although I think more important for teenagers. I loved both the movie and the book, they're both amazing!

Thank you for your comment!! :D


on Aug. 2 2010 at 6:33 pm
FeedTheBirds SILVER, San Diego, California
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What? How have more people not read this, or at least commented. I love Laurie Halse Anderson and specifically "Speak". I'd forgotten that she was raped in real life. Speak is a tremendously important book, I think, for preteens and middle schoolers to read.


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