LITTLE WOMEN AND ME
By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Bloomsubury Publishing
Pub. Date: November 8, 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Group: YoungAdults
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INTO THE PAST with Lauren Baratz-Logsted:
My latest novel, LITTLE WOMEN AND ME, is about a contemporary teen who time-travels into the classic Louisa May Alcott novel, only to discover that in order to get back out again she’s going to have to change something pretty major about the book.
This is the fourth novel I’ve set in the 1800s. In addition to LITTLE WOMEN AND ME, there’s also THE TWIN’S DAUGHTER, a suspense novel about a teen who discovers that her gorgeous, wealthy mother has an identical twin who was raised in the poorhouse; THE EDUCATION OF BET, about a teen, the orphan of the maid, who decides to impersonate a boy so she can get the quality boarding-school education she desires; and VERTIGO, an adult suspense novel about a woman who takes up a correspondence with a man in prison for murdering his own wife, only to find herself falling in love with him. LITTLE WOMEN AND ME opens in 1861 in New England while the other three books take place in Victorian England.
Since I’ve written four books set in that time period, it’s reasonable to ask what it is that draws me to it. So here are two things: one that would make me want to time-travel there; and one that would make me never want to find myself there.
BEST REASON TO GO BACK: I love the romance of that time period, the formality in speech and dress. What can I say? I’ve watched a lot of Masterpiece Theatre!
BEST REASON TO STAY PUT: I’m addicted to decent indoor plumbing. Really, I could give up computers if I had to – I’d learn to write novels by candlelight like Leo Tolstoy. I could even give up TV – even General Hospital! But I cannot, and will not, give up decent indoor plumbing.
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