Friday, May 07, 2010

Interview: Lauren Baratz-Logsted


Welcome, Lauren Baratz-Logsted!

Baratz-Logsted's Crazy Beautiful was one of my favorite books of 2009.

She has new books coming out this year, including the young adult novel The Education of Bet (July 2010) and, for younger readers, The Sisters Eight Book 5: Marcia's Madness (May 2010).

Isn't that a great cover for The Education of Bet? From the author's website: "about a 16-year-old girl in Victorian England who impersonates a boy in order to get a proper education."

When Baratz-Logsted contacted me about "The One-Question Interview Blog Tour," I thought "quick? easy? fun? absolutely!"

Basically -- a blog tour. With one question.

And here it is! The one question! And it is about one of my favorite storytelling formats. Television.

Liz B: What is your favorite TV series of all time? Why?

Baratz-Logsted: Some questions I've been asked on this tour have seemed easy initially and then proved more difficult in the answering. Others, like this one, seem difficult at first - so many shows to choose from! - and then the answer becomes obvious.

It has to be General Hospital. I have intense admiration for soap actors and the writers who pen their stories, creating 250 new hours of television a year. If my writing career was in soaps instead of novels, that's who I'd be: the writer who shows up every day because that's who I am. I've been keeping up with GH for 31 years - 31 years! What other show could I possibly stick with for so long? And 31 years from now, if the show's still on and I'm still alive? I'll still be here most weekdays at three p.m., watching the residents of Port Charles and screaming at the screen, "Oh, come on! That would never happen in a real murder trial!"

Liz B: Thirty one years. Wow. I watched General Hospital in college and law school and after, but not for a while. Anyone who has paid attention to my favorite type of television can understand why: stories that last several episodes, if not several years, and a large cast of characters. And I love that when I began reading the official ABC website, I knew the characters! Like going home. Like I want to start watching again.

Thank you for stopping by Tea Cozy!

Yesterday's One Question Interview Blog Tour was at Georgia McBride; the question was "You have a tireless schedule. What do you do to rest your brain, recharge or give yourself a "silly break?""

The next stop is May 10 at with Wendy, the Book Lush: "The zombie apocalypse is coming, tell me one thing - and one thing only! - that you would try to save?"




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2 comments:

Michelle said...

Great question! I grew up watching Luke and Laura too. I stopped watching while I was in college and for a while after that but I picked it back up again several years ago. Soap writers certainly do have to work under the gun it seems.

Peaceful Reader said...

Interesting question. I watched GH during college and a little after but haven't watched for years now. I don't think I could go back. Soap writers are amazing though and think about how many stars filtered through the soaps.

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