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Brendan Halpin

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I grew up in Cincinnati, went to college in Philadelphia, and also lived in Taipei and Edinburgh along the way. I've lived in Boston since 1991.

I became a professional writer in 2000, writing about my late wife Kirsten's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Kirsten died in 2003, leaving me and our daughter Rowen. I married Suzanne in 2005 and got her kids Casey and Kylie in the deal too. Bargain! Suzanne and I live with our three kids and dog in the shadow of Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain, best neighborhood on earth.

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Brendan Halpin I would, and I have! Emily and I wrote Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom after Fauxmance, and I've also written three books with Trish Cook, most…moreI would, and I have! Emily and I wrote Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom after Fauxmance, and I've also written three books with Trish Cook, most recently A Really Awesome Mess.

With both Emily and Trish, the process was pretty similar: we'd get together at the beginning to talk about what the book was going to look like,and then we'd trade chapters, with me writing the boy chapters and them writing the girl chapters. There's usually some back and forth in the middle where we figure out whether we're headed in the right direction or not.

Fauxmance actually came from an idea that an editor pitched to us. My other books with Emily all came from ideas that she originally had that we worked out the details of together; with Trish, I had the skeleton of an idea for Notes From the Blender, and she had the idea for A Really Awesome Mess, and, again, we fleshed them out together.

I don't really know where inspiration comes from. In my case, mostly from being nosy and curious--I'm just interested in people and their lives and how they deal with situations. But I also often find something from my own life that connects to the characters.

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Brendan Halpin I usually get ideas for stories and just pursue them rather than thinking at the beginning about where the story is going to fit. It just happens that…moreI usually get ideas for stories and just pursue them rather than thinking at the beginning about where the story is going to fit. It just happens that a lot of the stories I want to write have to do with teens. I'm not sure why--I have teenage children, I was a high school teacher for ten years, and I am fundamentally kind of immature. So those probably all factor in.(less)
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Well, in my second decade as a professional writer, I am becoming very well acquainted with rejection.


The other day I was pondering one of my latest rejections, in which an editor said some of the elements of my book felt "too familiar." My initial reaction was, "the fuck are you talking about? The shelves at bookstores are groaning with familiar!" Seriously--take a stroll through the YA sectio...

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"Let's talk the positives that I'm not going to argue against.

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Really conflicted on this one. On the one hand, this is a really fun all-ages adventure with tremendously appealing characters that turns a lot of the tropes of the "princess in distress" genre on their heads.

So far so good. But, like the plucky bla
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I've always been a Stephen King fan, and I think he's getting better.

It's tremendously encouraging as I too get on in years (though of course not as far on as ol' Steve) to see someone trying something different and killing it, and to see someone no
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Clever story and amazing art--there are some really great frost-giant-related splash pages in here. I guess with the madcap fun of Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan so fresh in my mind, this felt a little stodgy by comparison. Not really the book's fault ...more
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“Yeah, well. You're my best friend, you know, and I love you.”
Brendan Halpin, Forever Changes

“if you wait for everyone else to do the right thing before you do the right thing, then you'll never do what's right. You have to do what's right even if other people aren't. Maybe even especially if other people aren't.”
Brendan Halpin, Shutout

“But here, Ms. Pelletier, is the thing. Without infinitesimals, the calculus as we know and love it simply wouldn't exist. It is these nearly-zero, sort-of-zero, sometimes-zero quantities that allow us to understand the world. Something which seems to be nearly nothing turns out to be crucial to everything. So though I, or for you that matter, or any of us, may be, as a collection of atoms, practically indistinguishable from zero, this does not necessarily mean we are insignificant. Indeed, it may be that we are actually crucially important.”
Brendan Halpin, Forever Changes

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