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Laura McNeal

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October 2010


When she is not writing, Laura McNeal tries to decide if it's better to turn people's socks right side out for them or to wait (no matter how long it takes) for them to see the need themselves. She considers this question in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, the writer Tom McNeal, and two teenage boys who wear a lot of socks.

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Laura McNeal I'm writing a novel and a musical version of that novel simultaneously. It's so absurd for me to write a musical that it makes me take myself and the…moreI'm writing a novel and a musical version of that novel simultaneously. It's so absurd for me to write a musical that it makes me take myself and the probability of success less seriously, and that for some reason frees up my mind. Plus, I like to imagine big dance numbers while I'm at my retro-80's step aerobic class.(less)
Laura McNeal Everything inspires me to write. It's a pre-existing condition. The most crippling and yet most motivating activity is, of course, to read a great…moreEverything inspires me to write. It's a pre-existing condition. The most crippling and yet most motivating activity is, of course, to read a great novel by someone else, one that makes writing a great novel seem both an impossible thing to do and the only thing I ever want to do.(less)
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Dark Water

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The Decoding of Lana Morris

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The Incident on the Bridge

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The Death of Judy Huscher

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Person holding a freshly printed copy ofThe Incident on the Bridge: Sooooo, are you happy with it?

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Picture Publication is supposed to be the highlight of writing, where you feel all your hard work has come to glorious fruition, where you dance lightly on the steps in Philadelphia to the theme from Rocky.

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"Not a YA author I've encountered but enjoyed this immensely. I was fortunate to pick up a preview copy at mid-winter ALA in Boston and happy to have done so."
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“Amiel was looking at me with the kind of interest that made my mouth dry up. I was Braille and his eyes were fingers.”
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“This time when we kissed, he didn't pull away, and I was close enough to his mouth for him to whisper what the tiny old vaquero had said a long time ago, the part of being of two worlds. "Tu eres de dos mundos." I closed both of my eyes, the blue one and the brown one, so I could be in just one world, his...”
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“Tu' eres de dos mundos."
He was wrong, of course. You can only belong to one world at a time.”
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“On November 18 of alternate years Mr Earbrass begins writing 'his new novel'. Weeks ago he chose its title at random from a list of them he keeps in a little green note-book. It being tea-time of the 17th, he is alarmed not to have thought of a plot to which The Unstrung Harp might apply.”
Edward Gorey, The Unstrung Harp

“When we're onstage we're not literature, we're sitcom. You have to have catchphrases.”
Julian Barnes, Pulse

“It is a curious thing, do you know, Cranly said dispassionately, how your mind is supersaturated with the religion in which you say you disbelieve.”
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

“The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths.”
Anton Chekhov, Gooseberries and Other Stories

“I used to think my father had been assigned to us by the government.”
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