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Lisa Jenn Bigelow

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I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in a house full of books. My mom read to me until I left for college. We explored realistic fiction, fantasy, and science fiction together.

When I was seven, I decided to become an author. I attempted my first novel the following summer, about a brave princess joining forces with elves and fairies to overthrow the evil king and queen. It was seven pages long.

My love of writing and books led me to major in creative writing and pursue a graduate degree in library science. When I'm not writing, I serve as a youth librarian in the Chicago suburbs. In my free time, I'm likely to be reading (of course!), playing music, crocheting, or just hanging out with my dog.

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Starting from Here

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Ira Glass
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
Ira Glass

Tony Kushner
“In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we've left behind, and dreaming ahead.”
Tony Kushner, Perestroika

Maureen Daly
“When I eat, everything tastes so good I can't get all the taste out of it; when I look at something-say, the lake-the waves are so green and the foam so white that it seems I can't look at it hard enough; there seems to be something there that I can't get at. And even when I'm with you, I can't seem to be with you...enough.”
Maureen Daly, Seventeenth Summer

Louis L'Amour
“People only talk about how wonderful youth is when they have forgotten how hard it was.”
Louis L'Amour, The Lonesome Gods

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message 1: by Laura

Laura Hey you! Your book has a cover! So exciting! Now I just need to get my hands on a copy so I can tell you what an awesome writer you are :o) Can't wait to read it!

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