Katie Coyle

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Katie Coyle's debut novel VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD 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 in BEST AMERICAN NON-REQUIRED READING, One Story, The Southeast Review, and Critical Quarterly, among others. She lives in New Jersey 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 There are and will only be two Vivian Apple books! I'm working on a new book with new characters now. But if you're really hungry for more absurd and…moreThere are and will only be two Vivian Apple books! I'm working on a new book with new characters now. But if you're really hungry for more absurd and chilling dystopia you can pretty much just watch the news!(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 way we live our lives is not sustainable. I don’t just mean recycling and turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. I mean the way we treat each other. The way we pick and choose whose lives are important – who we actually treat as human. There is nobody on this earth whose life is not of value. And that includes those of us who have been left behind. Maybe they did go to some Christian heaven. But what I’m saying is, we’re good people too. We’re worthwhile people. I’d vouch for every last one of you.”
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“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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