Sarah Beth Durst
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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Be prepared. Be happy. Watch out for skunks.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I'd like to be a marine biologist. Except that I hate boats, am not very good at swimming, and am terrified of scuba diving. Hmm, maybe I should stick to writing.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Louisa May Alcott. Okay, I don't actually know anything about her life, except that she was a writer since a young age and was from Massachusetts. (I live in NY now but was born in MA.) Also, if I'd written Little Women, I'd have tossed in a few more talking animals and not had Beth die. Maybe I'd have had Beth transform into a talking animal... Hmm, Beth as a werewolf...
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. I judge people primarily on whether or not they say hello to me, so I'd have to say niceness. Also sense of humor (because how can you face life without that?). And third... Really, so long as someone is kind and willing to smile, I can overlook pretty much anything else.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I say, "I love you, " to my family a thousand times a day, but I don't think it's possible to overuse those words (at least not if you mean them).
September 26, 2011Last week I celebrated the book birthday for my latest YA novel, DRINK, SLAY, LOVE, so I thought I'd take a moment to tell the story of how this book came to be. Here's a rough transcript:
MY BRAIN: So, what are we writing about next?
ME: I really like unicorns.
MY BRAIN: What are you, four years old?
ME: What's wrong with unicorns?
MY BRAIN: Unicorns are not cool. Unicorns are sparkly.
ME: My unicorns would be cool!
MY BRAIN: You just miss your Lisa Frank sticker collection from your Trapper Keeper.
ME: I loved those stickers.
MY BRAIN: Think of something else.
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