Thursday, November 11, 2010
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.