Comments: 815 • Responses: 47 • Date: 2013-06-11 22:34:28 UTC
iamJudyBlume769 karma2013-06-11 22:54:18 UTC
Whew -- glad you got to finish!
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iamJudyBlume657 karma2013-06-11 23:51:58 UTC
I wish! Beverly Cleary was my inspiration. I adore her books and so did my kids. We were supposed to meet last year but then I got a sinus infection and couldn't fly.
iamJudyBlume453 karma2013-06-11 23:38:03 UTC
Whatever gets them excited about reading is good! If you want them to read my books don't tell them so. Maybe just leave around a paperback with a new cover and say, "I'm not sure you're ready for that."
You know, it's cyclical. When I started to write series were out. No publisher wanted a series. Some kids will always want to read about reality.
iamJudyBlume384 karma2013-06-11 23:52:16 UTC
Well, my family usually recognizes me.
iamJudyBlume303 karma2013-06-11 23:30:59 UTC
Read it in a newspaper. No kidding -- a real toddler swallowed a tiny pet turtle. Wrote a picture book about it and got back great rejection letters. "Very funny but this would teach small children to swallow turtles." Great editor suggested writing a longer book (chapter book) and using that story as the last chapter.
iamJudyBlume267 karma2013-06-11 23:47:58 UTC
iamJudyBlume263 karma2013-06-11 23:23:38 UTC
I never thought about writing anything but kids' books when I started. I identified with kids. I identified with the kid inside me.
iamJudyBlume208 karma2013-06-11 23:28:54 UTC
I remember this -- I wanted to let go and write what I knew to be true about 6th grade. Much of the character of Margaret is based on me at that age but the story and her family is fiction.
iamJudyBlume207 karma2013-06-11 23:33:29 UTC
I was browsing in my parents' bookshelves by the time I was 12. There were no YA books then. My parents thought reading was a GOOD thing. They weren't afraid of what I was reading. I didn't get it all but it satisfied my curiosity about the grownup world.
iamJudyBlume168 karma2013-06-11 23:27:48 UTC
Never dreamed my books would be read aloud in classrooms. Love the idea that teachers enjoy reading them to the kids and so many kids have told me -- My teacher has the best Fudge voice! I recorded the Fudge books but can't listen because I can't stand listening to my own voice.
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