|Click here to watch the book trailer|
On Friday, January 20th, the 9th and 10th grade students were treated to a talk by Andrea Cremer. She has written a trilogy called the Nightshade series, and she is also a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. I was fascinated with her explanations of how she used her knowledge of the early modern era of history (1500-1800) to flesh out the elements of the fantastical world that she builds.
She talked about her upbringing in a very rural area of Wisconsin. This fostered her love of nature, the woods, and wolves because of her proximity to the outdoors. She knew that if her characters were going to change into wolves, then they needed to be beautiful not horrid. As she found the real wolves that she encountered as a child to be beautiful. It was a horse accident one summer that got her on the road to writing. She was bed bound for 12 weeks and wanted to spend her time doing something that she always dreamed of doing. She had the time, and so fulfilling her love of writing seemed to be a way to turn her misery into a very positive experience. Nightshade, the first in the series, came out of her convalescence period. The publisher loved it so much that she received contracts for the whole series very quickly.
|Click here to watch Andrea's interview with two 8th grade students|
We would like to thank Penguin Teen and locally owned Octavia Books for bringing Andrea Cremer to PFTSTA. Late on Friday, a student stopped by the library to tell me that Andrea Cremer was the best. You know what, that just made my day!
Find more pics of this event on the PFTSTA Library website.