Katherine asked Sarah Dessen:

So much of the dialogue in your books, particularly in This Lullaby, feels incredibly natural, easy and charming, in a way that really stands out. Is that challenging to create?

Sarah Dessen Dialogue is really fun for me. With some books, like This Lullaby, it comes so easily. It's like the characters are at my desk with me, chatting away, and I just have to write it down. With other books, like Just Listen, I have to work harder to hear them (so to speak). I like nothing better than a big, busy scene with a lot of people talking. It's my favorite challenge.
Sarah Dessen

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