Take me out to the bookstore, take me out to the crowd….okay, one of those words may not be in the original lyrics—but we are in a baseball book mood! That’s why we invited Carter Higgins, author of A RAMBLER STEALS HOME, to the blog.
The book/person/thing that inspired me to be a writer is:
I’ve loved picture books over the years—from childhood to college to becoming a school librarian—and at each stage, I’ve loved them in different ways. The way their language is so rich and evocative, the way their stories are so compactly and beautifully told, the way they sometimes ask more questions than they answer—that’s what inspired me to be a writer.
The hardest thing about writing for a middle grade audience is:
. . . getting the feeling right. It’s not so hard to trust that the reader is willing to jump on board with the voice or the setting or the friendship dynamics at play, but it’s hard to wrap all of that successfully in one overall feeling. It’s snapping together the puzzle pieces of emotion and heart and mechanics.
Why do you like writing middle grade books?
There isn’t a reader who reads more enthusiastically or fiercely than a middle grader. These are the books that they travel with into adulthood, and so there’s a lot of room to sneak into hearts forever.
What will middle grade readers like about your books?
I hope they see themselves in the relationships I write about—that grownups aren’t always bad and aren’t always good, that friendships can fizzle and strengthen in equal measures, that the main characters themselves are fully realized and have an entire humanity behind them. Middle grade readers are complicated, but they are human and brilliant and flawed and confident and scared, and I hope they see themselves in my books.
My least favorite subject in school was:
Probably some kind of math. I don’t quite see the beauty in numbers the same as other people.
My favorite snack:
You can’t go wrong with apple slices and peanut butter. But I do love popcorn and Swedish Fish!
The best thing about my job is:
Book people are the best people.
One piece of advice for your middle grade self:
Be a little bit more brave. You’re different and you feel weird, but those are the exact same things that make you wonderful.
Where can we find you on the internet? (Social media, website?)
My blog: http://www.designofthepicturebook.com
A RAMBLER STEALS HOME is available here!