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1) How would you describe your writing?
My writing definitely changes with the story's demands, but in the Pretty Crooked series it's lighthearted and quick-paced, with a very contemporary sensibility and just a touch of snark. Also, there's fashion. And some criminal activity. And smooching.
2) How does writing fit into your everyday life?
I am a fulltime freelance writer by trade, so I am literally writing something—whether it's copy for a client, a food feature for the Inquirer, or my latest YA manuscript—at most hours of the day. Thankfully, I have muscular fingers.
3) What authors and/or poets inspire you?
In the YA world, I love M.T. Anderson, Sarah Dessen, A.S. King, E. Lockhart, Frank Portman and (who doesn't?) John Green. I also read a lot of literary fiction and really enjoy Alice Munro, Jennifer Egan, Mary Gaitskill, Tessa Hadley, George Saunders and Jeffrey Eugenides. Oh gosh, the list could go on...
4) What part does the community of Philadelphia play in your life and your writing?
I grew up in Plymouth Meeting and am now a proud resident of East Falls. I've always been excited to support small businesses and the libraries of Philadelphia and being an author has given me a whole new opportunity to engage with them. None of my books so far actually take place in Philly—I've been waiting for the right story to set here, but there are a few percolating.
5) What is the last book you have read that you enjoyed? Tell our Big Blue Marble community a little about it.
I'm currently reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth, a debut contemporary YA about a lesbian girl coming of age in Montana in the late 1980s/early 1990s. It's beautifully written with vivid detail and the kind of gritty emotional realism that anyone who's ever been a teenager, gay or not, can relate to.
Elisa Ludwig studied writing at Vassar College and Temple University, but she wanted to be a writer long before all of that. Technically, it was when she started writing, editing and publishing The Elisa Bulletin which she printed out on a dot matrix printer and sold for ten cents a pop. She has been pick-pocketed twice, and once caught someone mid-pocket. Other than occasional jaywalking, she’s a law-abiding citizen. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband. PRETTY CROOKED is her first novel, and will be followed by PRETTY SLY in 2013, and PRETTY WANTED in 2014. You can visit her online at www.elisaludwig.com, and watch the book trailer here.