I am super excited to be hosting the amazing debut author Laura Creedle today as part of Street Team Sunday! Read on for an interview with the author herself, info about her new book The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, and a special giveaway!
1. If you were to spend an afternoon with Abelard and Lily, what would you do?
I’m a board game freak, so we’d probably spend the afternoon playing Betrayal at the House on the Hill, or Dead of Winter. Both Abelard and Lily like to play games, so we’d have a good time, I think.
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I wanted to fly into Paris and drive from Paris to Bingen am Rhein in Germany. It’s a trip that Lily’s parents took while her father was in graduate school. I wrote about it, but I’ve never been there, which is pretty weird, when you think about it. My sister lives in Rotterdam, and she travels to Paris all the time on business. She promised to go with me, but our schedules haven’t lined up. One day.
3. What characters from other YA books would Abelard and Lily be friends with?
Lily would absolutely fit right in with Kat and Meg of Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza. Lily and Meg are both ADHD so they would definitely have a lot to talk about.
4. What are you working on now?
A novel about a girl who live in the run down art moderne mansion with her musician mother and 18-month-old brother. When her mother goes missing at a music fest in Miami she tries to keep it a secret, but the shyest guy in school inadvertently finds out. He helps her track down her mother and take care of the baby. And they fall in love— of course.
5. Do you have any writing habits?
I drink a lot of coffee, and do a lot of random internet searches. When I’m revising, I write scenes on note cards and spread them all over the dining room table and everyone knows to stay out of the dining room.
6. What upcoming YA books are you excited for?
Blood Water Paint, by Joy McCullough about a renaissance era girl who becomes a painter. Also, Miles Away From You by A.B. Rutledge. A.B. is my critique partner, and I can’t wait this gorgeous, heartbreaking novel to be out in the world.
7. What books did you love as a child?
There was no YA back then! Because I was dyslexic, my father read to me every night. I loved From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Nancy Drew. When I did finally learn to read for myself around fourth or fifth grade, I read Jane Eyre, which had a big impact on me. I remember devouring The White Mountain trilogy.
8. If you could co-write a book with any other YA author, who would it be and why?
It would be my dream to work with Maggie Stiefvater. I love her writing but I also love American muscle cars. However, I’m sure we would spend a lot of time talking about cars and wrenching, and not get a lot done. I work best in a quiet room by myself without a lot of distractions.
9. What advice do you have for young writers?
I read a lot of manuscripts. A lot of writers have the idea that you revise for several months, or go through two or three rounds of revision and beta, the novel is done. If they can’t find an agent, or a publisher, they think the novel wasn’t very good to begin with and become discouraged. Often it’s the case that the novel was good, but unfinished. Don’t put a time line on revision. Find your best paragraph and bring the rest of the book up to match it.
10. Do you prefer HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) or open endings?”
I like an HEA flavored with a bittersweet touch of reality. I don’t really buy a happy ending that’s all sunshine and roses, because you still have to live your life when all is said and done. But if I didn’t honestly believe that love is transformative I wouldn’t write romance.
When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?
This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.
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Laura Creedle lives in Austin, TX, and writes about her experiences as an ADHD writer at www.lauracreedle.com. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily is her debut novel.
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