Posts Tagged ‘writing’

I wish I could tell Park and Eleanor about this.

I’M WRITING A GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!

So, this is the news I’ve been keeping secret so long, and I’m super-super excited about it.

I signed a deal with Calista Brill at FIRST SECOND BOOKS to write two graphic novels.

The first will be a collaboration with Faith Erin Hicks, the writer/artist of SO MANY GREAT COMICS, including Friends with Boys.

This all happened because of mutual admiration and Twitter. My career advice is now: Get excited about the things you love, and then TELL EVERYONE.

Why is Park Korean?

This spring, after “Eleanor & Park” came out, I went on a book tour to high schools across the Midwest. A number of questions about the book kept coming up again and again, like:

Why is “Eleanor & Park” set in the ’80s? Is it a true story? Will there be a sequel? What happened to Eleanor’s cat — is the cat okay?

So I decided to write a few blog entries, addressing some of these questions — just in case other people have them, too.

I’m starting with this one: Why is Park Korean?

The first time I was asked this, my answer was: “Um, because he is.”

But the more that it came up, the more I thought about it — and the more realized that there were actually A LOT of reasons why …

Fill your bomb shelters with hardbacks.

This column reads a little newspapery. (My voice always shifted when I was writing my columns, it’s such a wide general audience.) But I still like it. It’s about loving e-books, but feeling like we’ll want paper copies to see us through the Apocalypse.

Reading — whatever doesn’t kill you makes you softer.

I decided to wrangle up some of my old columns about reading. Here’s one about the Dire Effects of Reading on the Body and the Mind. “Everything is better in books. And only a fool would rather live than read. Living is what you promise yourself you’ll do after the next chapter.”