Today we have the author of Genie Wishes...Elisabeth Dahl!
13 Random Facts
1. On my right index finger, I have a scar that looks like a boomerang.
2. Some moles on my left forearm form the shape of the Big Dipper.
3. My other markings are, I believe, nondescript.
4. One summer in college, I worked at a smoothie stand next to Baltimore’s National Aquarium.
5. We had only one kind of smoothie. Half-banana, pump of strawberry syrup, slice of orange, ice.
6. One night that summer, I went out with a dolphin trainer. Smoothie maker and animal husband. They said it wouldn’t last. It didn’t.
7. Nine years later, I got married in a library about two miles away from the aquarium. Smoothies were not served.
8. I went to a school a lot like the one portrayed in Genie Wishes. My mother was a teacher there.
9. My current love of shopping for pens started back in my elementary school days.
10. I love writing by hand but usually end up composing on the computer.
11. I often wear earplugs when I write, even when no one else is around. The silence helps me focus.
12. Big noise (jet engines, crowded coffee shops) can work too.
13. I refuse to acknowledge writers’ block. I just work on something else.
More about Elisabeth!
Her writing for adults has appeared at NPR.org, at TheRumpus.net, in the Little Patuxent Review, and in other outlets. Elisabeth holds a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree from Georgetown University, where she was a Writing Center Associate Fellow. She now lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she works as a freelance writer and editor and teaches for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth.
Check out Elisabeth's MG debut novel!
by Elisabeth Dahl
Published April 2nd 2013 by Harry N. Abrams
Genie Kunkle may look like your average fifth grader, but she notices things her classmates don’t. When the school year begins, she’s elected class blogger, and it’s her job to record her class’s “wishes, hopes, and dreams.” But Genie has never been the center of attention, and she struggles to find her voice. What should she write about? Her best friend, Sarah, who’s spending more and more time with the boy-crazy new girl? What about the bras, deodorants, shaved legs, and makeup that seem to be all anyone can think about? Then there’s her widower father’s new adventures in dating, and her older brother’s surly new attitude...
As Genie writes the blog entries, she starts to figure out the types of things she wants to express, and her own wishes, hopes, and dreams become clearer with every day.
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