Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Q&A with Kathryn Erskine

From my Q&A with Kathryn Erskine, author of Lily's Promise:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

Lily’s Promise gives you an idea but, of course, it’s how she fulfills that promise that makes for an interesting story. Lily is a shy girl who was homeschooled by her father until he passed away. Now, she has to attend public school and, as she promised her dad, learn to speak out and stand up for herself. As she discovers, it’s a lot easier if you reach out and make a few friends. She also discovers that it’s imperative to speak out when you’re dealing with bullies and want to help your friends. I also like to think of Lily’s “promise” as her “potential.” Like young readers, she has a lot!

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