A book takes a journey; a book is framed by light

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I was standing right here, on the edge of an old cemetery, watching the sun light up the earth, when Laura Geringer's final notes on YOU ARE MY ONLY buzzed in on my phone.  I read them through.  I looked back up.  The sun had rearranged itself, and yet the day was bright. 

I began this book three years ago, inspired by the legends of urban explorers and by the haunting stories I had heard about a Philadelphia asylum known as Byberry.  I was encouraged to keep writing by the magnificent Lauren Wein, of Black Cat/Grove, and by my sustaining agent, Amy Rennert.  I was helped to think harder by memorable conversations with Marjorie Braman of Holt.  And after Laura Geringer (Egmont USA) read the book, I reimagined characters into their younger selves and watched to see what might happen.

What happened, in the end, was light.

4 comments:

Melissa Sarno said...

I like to hear about journeys, especially book journeys...

Holly said...

THIS is the one about urban explorers! you mentioned working on it, but I didn't know which it was.

Lilian Nattel said...

Congratulations, Beth! It must feel good.

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