Writing under her own name and under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode, Baggott has had more than 20 books published, with over 100 foreign editions.
Her most recent release is Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an ambitious portrait of a family created from equal parts secrecy and love.”
Her young adult novel Pure, the first in a three-part post-apocalyptic trilogy, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2012 and ALA Alex Award winner; it is in development with Karen Rosenfelt, the lead producer of The Twilight Saga, at Sunswept Entertainment.
Baggott began publishing short stories when she was 22 and sold her first novel while still in her twenties.
After receiving a master in fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she published her first novel, Girl Talk, which was a national bestseller and was quickly followed by The Boston Globe bestseller The Miss America Family, and then The Boston Herald Book Club selection, The Madam, a historical novel based on the life of her grandmother.
She also co-wrote Which Brings Me to You with Steve Almond, A Best Book of 2006.
Her Bridget Asher novels include The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, The Pretend Wife, and My Husband’s Sweethearts.
She has also published award-winning novels for younger readers under the pen name N.E. Bode as well as under Julianna Baggott.
Her seven novels for younger readers include: The Anybodies trilogy, which was a People Magazine summer reading pick, a Washington Post Book of the Week, a Girl’s Life Top Ten, and a Booksense selection; The Slippery Map, and The Ever Breath.
Marcus Sedgwick: where I write [photograph by the author]
Marcus Sedgwick talks about the writing of his new book The Ghosts of Heaven, using his own photographs to illustrate the different elements in the novel.
From a Guardian Children’s Books site interview – full piece recommended
Where’s your favourite place to write?
I always like to work outside and our house has two outdoor decks: a lower one, which I don’t use, but the upper one is open to the sky and I’ve got my hammock out there and my rocking chair. It looks out over San Francisco Bay and its up on a hill so I can see San Francisco and I can see Alcatraz and I see the ships going by and the sail boats and all that kind of stuff. So that’s my number one place to work. But when its too cold, I drive my car over to what’s called the Marin Headlands and I’ll stop in the pull out where all the tourists come to take pictures and I’ll type in my car. I also work in coffee shops sometimes and I work in bars sometimes and restaurants.
Very highly recommended, long magazine-style profile of the author Gary Paulsen, by Elizabeth Royte, who recently spent three days with him.
Paulsen was dressed, as he would be for the next three days, in black Carhartt overalls and a black long-sleeved T-shirt—half hipster, half biker. “Are you hungry?” he asked. My thoughts immediately turned to the exalted morsels of Dogsong (1985), in which Eskimo children tuck into meat that’s “red and had coarse texture and rich yellow fat. All over the children’s faces and in their hair the grease shone and they were happy with it.” Instead we headed toward a seaside restaurant, where the author had a standing order of white rice, veggies, and tofu, hold the veggies. He ordered one of the roughly eight Diet Pepsis he consumes daily.
Orange Prize-winner Helen Dunmore is moving from Penguin to Hutchinson, with Cornerstone publisher Selina Walker acquiring her next two books.
Walker bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in two novels by Dunmore from Caradoc King of A P Watt at United Agents. The first, The Lie, is set during and just after the First World War. It tells the story of the relationship between two young men from very different backgrounds, one of whom is killed in France.
Walker said: “The Lie is a heart-wrenching story about love, memory and loss, about growing up in Cornwall in the early 20th century, about the horrors of war on the Western Front as well as its traumatic aftermath.”
Dunmore has published nine novels with Penguin, including the Orange Prize-winning A Spell of Winter, and her 2010 novel The Betrayal which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.