Author Guest Post With Julianna Baggott & Giveaway

To celebrate the release of the final installment in the Pure Trilogy, Burn, Julianna Baggott has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer.
 

 About The Author:
16304 Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott is the author of eighteen books, most notably her recent novel PURE, the first in a dystopian trilogy, a New York Times Book Review’s Editor’s Choice and a People magazine pick for books to read after the Hunger Games, on a list with Orson Scott Card and Philip Pullman. There are over fifty overseas editions of her books.She’s the author of the National Bestseller Girl Talk, The Madam, and The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, for adult readers; and The Anybodies Trilogy and The Prince of Fenway Park for younger readers; as well as three collections of poetry, including Lizzie Borden in Love. She co-wrote Which Brings Me to You with Steve Almond, A Best Book of 2006 (Kirkus Reviews), which is optioned by producer Richard Brown and adapted by Keith Bunin with Matthew Warchus set to direct.Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Here & Now. For two years, her alter-ego, N. E. Bode was a recurring personality on XM Radio. Her work has been a People Magazine pick alongside David Sedaris and Bill Clinton, a Washington Post Book of the Week, a Girl’s Life Top Ten, a Booksense selection, and a Starbucks Bookish Reading Club pick.

She teaches at Florida State University, and is co-founder of the nonprofit Kids in Need – Books in Deed, getting free books to underprivileged kids in Florida. She’s married to David G.W. Scott and has four kids..


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People ask me where I get my ideas, but the question presumes that ideas are the beginnings of story. Robert Frost has said, “A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or a love sickness.” For a long time, I disagreed. I didn’t think story started with ideas though. I thought story started with words. This lump in the throat seemed backward to me. I felt that the expression into words was what finally led to the homesickness and love sickness because that was where I could experience it, outside of myself, on the page.

But, at least a decade after first thinking about this quote, I’ve come back around on it. I’ll say that The Pure Trilogy started with failed ideas, bits of characters, notions, and it certainly relied immediately on language, but it also came from a desire to tell, which feels like a homesickness, a love sickness, a lump in the throat.

It’s not as much like falling in love, but more like wanting to fall in love — that suspended state of desire and hope and expectation. When you want to fall in love, you look at the world with your eyes wide open. You’re keeping watch, standing guard … you’re waiting, restlessly, sometimes urgently, sometimes impatiently.

So without that basic stirring, that desire, the words are just floating, the ideas are detached and listlessly drifting. They have no traction.

I think when I was younger I didn’t get Frost’s quote because I was so used to wanting to fall in love — it was a constant state. And I always was buzzing to write. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that the wide-open watching of the world around you is a practice. The wanting to fall in love is a precious fuel. I don’t rely on the desire to write — I’m a daily writer. It’s my occupation. But to start a major project, you have to feel like a struck bell, and then the words and ideas vibrate on the page.

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9752790Title:
Burn
Author: Julianna Baggott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 2014

Inside the Dome, Patridge has taken his father’s place as leader of the Pures. His struggle has led him here, intent upon bringing down the Dome from the inside, with the help of a secret resistance force. But things are not as simple from his new position of power and he finds himself tempted by his father’s words: perhaps if the world is to survive it needs the Dome – and Partridge – to rule it…

As Partridge’s resolve weakens, Pressia and Bradwell continue piecing together the clues left to them from the time before the Detonations. It is their hope that they will be able to heal the Wretches, and free them from their monstrous fusings and the Dome’s oppression once and for all. But everything depends, too, on Partridge. Separated by distance and history, can they still trust their friend and ally? Or is the world doomed to an eternity of war and hardship?

 

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Happy Reading!

Lucy