Debut - Pretty Crooked
Genre - Contemporary/ Thriller
Elisa Ludwig has been writing since the age of nine when she issued The Elisa Bulletin to friends and family (for a price). She studied writing at Vassar College and Temple University. A freelancer, she writes about food, travel and many other topics. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and her cat, Beau (a.k.a. Bread). PRETTY CROOKED is her first novel, the first of a trilogy, and a lifelong dream. She’s represented by Leigh Feldman at Writers House.
Notes from a YA Debutante
You know what’s hilarious? My fourth grade autobiography (okay, those three words are hilarious in and of themselves), in which I wrote that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I grew up, but if whatever it was didn’t work out, I could “always fall back on writing.” Like the writing would be so easy. Like publishing fiction was such a sensible and predictable career path. Go on with your bad self, nine-year-old me.
I was kind of a broody and rebellious teenager (see here) but mainly I spent a lot of time observing what went on and writing in my journals. I also read everything I could get my hands on, from the YA greats like Paul Zindel and Judy Blume to Sweet Valley High to my dad’s Kurt Vonnegut paperbacks to the sad-girl porn of Go Ask Alice and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. There were some New Agey spurts, a brief obsession with Tom Robbins, many Sassy magazines and a long stretch devoted to poetry in there, too. Always, I was looking for evidence of life outside of my little world, and a glimpse of what other possibilities were out there.
One of the reasons I’m drawn to writing YA fiction is that I still have a lot of observations I want to make about what’s it like to be in that bizarro, in-between world of almost grown-upness. Lots of things have changed between then and now but a few things haven’t: a) I am still 5’3” and waiting for a growth spurt; b) I still love to dive into a book; and c) I still have a little bit of a rebellious streak—I’ve just channeled it into Willa Fox for the time being.
And I guess whatever I planned to do didn’t really work out, because here I am, “falling back” on this crazy racket. I feel really freaking lucky. Thanks for having me!
Bookie's Note: Let's give it up for Elisa Ludwig! You know Elisa, I get imagine you as a broody and rebellious teen :) You're too much for a sweetie! I think everyone reads Judy Blume at least once in their life! You make writing YA sound insightful and deep while when I think YA I think a chance to write boys that are too good to be true ;) Hehe, anyhow come back everyone tomorrow!
Badass Bookie xx
Oh I love that dress, its so pretty. I also enjoyed the angsty bks during my rebel phase in high school. I am also quite short, so I can totally relate to everything that was just said. :) Plus I can't wait to read Pretty Crooked!ReplyDelete
Love Elisa's Deb dress, it's lovely! Cannn't wait for Pretty Crooked, it looks awesome! Bring on March 13th, otherwise known as my birthday! :)ReplyDelete
What an elegant dress :) Excited to read your book!ReplyDelete
This sounds like a very nostalgic type of book. Can't wait to dive in. Love the dress!ReplyDelete
Great dress and great book!ReplyDelete
oh wow, i LOVE that dress!! so breathtaking!!ReplyDelete
great interview/intro :D
I wish I'd written a fourth grade autobiography. I think I knew a lot then.ReplyDelete
Oh, maybe writing can be a fall back career from a career of reading! Because then you can do both! :) Pretty Crooked sounds amazing! Yeah new author to watch!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh, I am in LOVE with that dress! So beautiful. I can't wait to read this book.ReplyDelete
Now that is a beautiful dress!!ReplyDelete
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That is SUCH a beautiful dress!!!ReplyDelete
im really liking the dress!ReplyDelete
OMG that dress is just perfect! I love the color, it's so pretty *o*ReplyDelete
Gorgeous dress! Love the colour and style! I remember wanting to be a writer as a child and thinking it'd be easier...I learnt better and I still couldn't even do it now! ;-)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing!
Love the dress, so beautiful! The rebel part is funny, I like it a lot1ReplyDelete
The dress is gorgeous! Great interview, and I don't think you'd fit the broody and rebellious type :PReplyDelete
I love the dress, it's so beautiful!ReplyDelete
We're so glad that Elisa chose to "fall back on writing" and not doing any other job!! I'm sure that being a writer could be one of the hardest job of the world so congrats!!ReplyDelete
Tha dress is amazing, I'm completely in love with the colore, is so elegant!
Love the color of the dress, it's beautiful and elegant! Thanks for the sharing. :)ReplyDelete
Such a pretty dress! Elisa, thanks for never giving up on being a writer!!! :-)ReplyDelete
That is a very nice dress - I love the top!!ReplyDelete
The dress is very pretty!! I'm just rebel to my parents when they don't let me read books! "After you do your homework" they say! Sigh! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
Love the dress! So vintage! <33ReplyDelete
I'm not usually a girl who wear dresses but this one is so beautiful! I love it!ReplyDelete
OMG such a pretty dress!!! I love it!!!ReplyDelete