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Nora Raleigh Baskin

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I am seriously an open book. I've been writing semi-autiobiographical fiction since I was in 6th grade (1972) then, in 2001, Little, Brown published my first middle grade novel, about my life in 6th grade! titled "What Every Girl (except me) Knows." Sixteen years and thirteen books later, that still, pretty much sums things up.

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Closer to the Sun is a memoir about surviving childhood after my mother's suicide, and the subsequent lies surrounded her death. In many ways the…more

Closer to the Sun is a memoir about surviving childhood after my mother's suicide, and the subsequent lies surrounded her death. In many ways the truth and untruth of my life mimicked the historic hippie era I was living through. It was a time of great American divide; liberals vs conservatives, long hairs vs squares, old vs young, anti-war protesters vs traditionalists. America love it or leave it. Make love not war. It was time a slogans.
For me, growing up in Woodstock in the early 1970s, childhood was anything but peace, love, or rock and roll (okay, maybe a little rock and roll). Living with people who were not my parents and struggling to understand who I was, and where I belonged, with the backdrop of the demonstrations, drugs, and free love, it all just seemed dangerous, and scary, and out of control.

The themes of loss and acceptance are not new for me, as they have been the inspiration behind most of the fictional novels that I have published for teens. But for the first time in my writing career, I've depicted the true story, and the ways in which my survival has played out in my fictional novels.
In this way, Closer to the Sun is not about only about surviving suicide and abandonment, but about art and hope. About the power of language and of finding one's voice.

It is the story of how my 6th grade Language Arts teacher, and my middle school principal impacted my life in ways they could never have known at the time. And it is the story of the ways in which writing, again and again saves my life; from fictionalizing the events of my mother's death in my very first middle grade novel to the very non-fictional notes I was furiously jotting down after being committed to a hospital after suffering a major depression. It is the very true story of love, self-reflection, and healing, that could only have occurred when written down in this memoir. (less)
Nora Raleigh Baskin I don't believe in writer's block (meaning I don't think there is such a thing-unless you are writing for hire or an assignment) ...Writing is hard…moreI don't believe in writer's block (meaning I don't think there is such a thing-unless you are writing for hire or an assignment) ...Writing is hard and sometimes you get stuck, really stuck. For writer's stuck-ness, I usually take a long walk in the woods with my dog and often the answer will come to me. (less)
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September 11, 2001


I was standing at my classroom door during passing time when I first heard the news. The middle school hallway hummed with the energy of a new school year. Ms. Freeman, whose office was next door to my classroom, strode over to me, leaned in close, and said in a low voice, “A plane just crashed into the Twin Towers in New York. Don’t say anything to the kids.”


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“Romance goes like this:
Boy gets girl.
Boy loses girl.
Boy gets girl again.
The end.
It can't be any other way.”
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“All we are, all we can be, are the stories we tell," he says, and he is talking as if he is talking only to me. "Long after we are gone, our words will be all that is left, and who is to say what really happened or even what reality is? Our stories, our fiction, our words will be as close to truth as can be. And no one can take that away from you.”
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“Why do people want everyone to act just like they do? Talk like they do. Look like they do. Act like they do.
And if you don't—
If you don't, people make the assumption that you do not FEEL what they feel.
And then they make the assumption—
That you must not feel anything at all. ”
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Nora Baskin Amanda wrote: "Hey, I just got my copy of The Summer Before Boys in the mail that I won. And, I wanted to say Thank You for autographing it for me. Can't wait to read it:)"

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Amanda Hey, I just got my copy of The Summer Before Boys in the mail that I won. And, I wanted to say Thank You for autographing it for me. Can't wait to read it:)


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