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Margaret Lesh

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Margaret Lesh lives in a narrow canyon populated by herds of wild burro and packs of coyote. The canyon is also populated with her creative husband, her not-brave-at-all Border Collie, and sometimes her son (who is away at college. And she is not quite sure how that all happened so fast).

She writes books to entertain young and not-so-young readers as well as herself. She believes tacos are magic.

Visit her website: margaretlesh.com.

Twitter @MargaretLesh

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Margaret Lesh A long time ago, when I was still a baby, I went to a writer's day at a local college and listened to Ray Bradbury give a wonderful talk about…moreA long time ago, when I was still a baby, I went to a writer's day at a local college and listened to Ray Bradbury give a wonderful talk about writing. One piece of his advice I'll never forget: Write every day. It doesn't matter what you write about, but do it. (I paraphrased because, as I said, it was a looong time ago.) So I did. I got a journal and started to write, but I didn't have anything in particular to write about, so after three or four days, I gave up. That was a mistake. I should have picked a topic, something specific. The idea of writing every day was too open-ended for me at the time. I continued on with my schooling and didn't write again seriously for another dozen or so years. But the advice Bradbury gave was correct in the sense that the more you write, the better writer you become. Keep honing your skills. Once you've written a draft, put it aside for a bit and pick it up again. Cringe at how awful that draft is, then start rewriting. Do this a dozen or so times, then send it to a friend you trust.

I will add, though, that a writer doesn't have to feel pressured to write every day. Just write, if you can, when you can because it is a skill that is honed with practice.

This is all my long-winded way of saying: Keep at it.(less)
Margaret Lesh Hi, Bobbie! Good question! Hmm, well, the main character Becca, her boyfriend Roman, sister Stacy, and fellow Brookside residents Bobby and Kat first…moreHi, Bobbie! Good question! Hmm, well, the main character Becca, her boyfriend Roman, sister Stacy, and fellow Brookside residents Bobby and Kat first show up in my YA novel Normalish which follows Stacy's freshman year. In Normalish, Stacy is dealing with the loss of her father, typical high school issues, as well as her sister Becca's increasingly strange behavior.

After I wrote Normalish, a few readers mentioned wanting to know more about Stacy's sister Becca, so My Friends Are All Strange was my opportunity to focus on Becca and her world inside of the residential mental health treatment facility. There I was able to delve into Bobby's and Kat's characters a little bit more deeply--especially in the case of Kat, who is only mentioned in passing a couple of times in Normalish.

I'm glad you're enjoying it so far. :)(less)
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“I've learned that I don't have to live in sadness - there's not some cruel requirement that I should feel guilty about being happy.”
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“Normal" is all about perception. I mean, isn't "normal" what the majority of people do?”
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“I’ve spent many long hours thinking about the bits and pieces of things; the complexity of human interaction; personalities and emotions; temperaments; the knowns, the unknowns, and intangibles involved in two people coming together, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a small miracle any two people can put it all together and actually find love with each other.”
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“Mean people suck”
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“Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.”
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“Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it's midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!”
Ogden Nash, Collected verse from 1929 on

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