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Katie Coyle grew up in Fair Haven, New Jersey, and has an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. Her debut novel, VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015), was named one of the forty best YA novels of all time by Rolling Stone, and was followed by a sequel, VIVIAN APPLE NEEDS A MIRACLE. Her short fiction has won the Pushcart Prize, and has been featured or is forthcoming in BEST AMERICAN NON-REQUIRED READING, One Story, The Southeast Review, and Critical Quarterly, among others. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, and blogs at katiecoyle.com.


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Katie Coyle You are not rambling. I always knew VIVIAN was a YA novel, but I actually started writing it about a week after graduating my MFA program.

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You are not rambling. I always knew VIVIAN was a YA novel, but I actually started writing it about a week after graduating my MFA program.

I did write and workshop almost exclusively stories about teenage girls & magic in my program, though. No one explicitly said, "Please stop doing this," but no one explicitly said, "Please keep doing this," either. A few people got what I was trying to do, and a few people thought I was a talentless hack, which is pretty par for the course for anyone in a writing workshop. However, one time at a reading I told the assembled crowd that my manuscript was a collection about teen girls & magic, and a guy shouted out, "It's called TWILIGHT!" Everyone laughed. I had to laugh, too, but only because I couldn't do what I wanted to do, which was breathe fire. I have a dream that wherever that guy is now, he will find himself walking through a bookstore in January 2015 and a large display of the hardcover US edition of my book, VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, will collapse and bury him. Teens 4ever!!!(less)
Katie Coyle Hi Dawn! I am not opposed to realist fiction in theory--I read a lot of it, but I seem unable to write it without a ghost suddenly appearing and…moreHi Dawn! I am not opposed to realist fiction in theory--I read a lot of it, but I seem unable to write it without a ghost suddenly appearing and haunting the shit out of everybody. The book I'm currently writing is very fantastical, and when I look down the line of hypothetical projects, I just see an endless stretch of witches, talking hummingbirds, time travel, spaceships, and mermaids. So I guess we'll see!(less)
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“Don't be the kind of person who sees groups instead of people.”
Katie Coyle, Vivian Apple at the End of the World

“The best I can hope for is the occasional moment of loose happy freedom—found usually with Harp but once or twice on this trip with Peter—that tells me it’s okay. That if I was put on this earth for any particular reason, it was to experience love and joy, just like anybody else.”
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“But Viv, if I've learned anything at all in the last eight years of my life? It's that people just like to tell themselves stories about where they came from. They can't help themselves. They don't trust the world around them--it's too good for them, or not good enough--so they tell themselves stories about it. They tell themselves an old magician who lives up in the sky made them out of clay and put them here until whenever he makes up his mind to take them out again. Your parents didn't like their creation myth, that's all--it had pain in it, and chaos, and their own parents were ashamed. So they told themselves a story that was at least partially true: about two good people who deserved happy lives. And probably at some point they started to believe that story. But the thing is, really, that it doesn't matter. For your parents or anyone else. It doesn't actually matter where we came from, or where we're going, or when. The only thing that matters is what we have to do while we're here and how well we do it.”
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