Interview with Kathryn Lasky

Monday, March 9, 2009.

We’ve heard it said that a writer should write what they know. So, it stands to reason that many authors write from personal experience.  That doesn’t explain how some authors can write amazing books on subjects that they haven’t directly experienced.

Kathryn Lasky is one example. Her books include One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin, Pirate Bob and She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head.  We’re pretty sure that she doesn’t have specific first-hand experiences with the subjects of those books (exploring with Charles Darwin, plundering with Pirate Bob and being at the centre of the suffrage movement).  And yet, her books makes readers feel as though they’re right there.

On this edition, author Kathryn Lasky talks about relating to characters, taking twenty-four years… literally… to write One Beetle Too Many, and giving the reader room.

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