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Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of over three hundred children's books including Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs and Last Meet Me at the Well. An interview with acclaimed author Jane Yolen, author of books (and That I never met an idea I couldn't find some way to work with. Jane Yolen, author of Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon Author Jane Yolen Meet the Author Collection consists of autobiographies written by award- winning .
I could be a lot better, honestly!
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But as an editor, working with people whose skills were sometimes less than mine — at that point — made me understand that I had nothing to be ashamed of despite me having a way to go.
Talk a bit about the importance of research in your writing process. Some of us are lucky to live near major research collections. But I still have my own research library that I have built up over the years, which includes: I haunt old bookstores and go to library sales, League of Women Voters sales, antique stores, and garage sales. How do you know what you want to write about until it whispers in your ear?
A book in my home does that often to me. In the matter of owning books for research, be over-prepared. One of the things that distinguishes a Jane Yolen book is how they have a solid sense of pacing — such good control of the flow of story.
Is that something that was natural? How conscious are you of that?
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Every chapter is a part of the story. Every chapter has its own flow. But each chapter has to be part of a greater narrative arc.
No sense of landscape. The landscape is just missing. The language is flat. No understanding of arc, both the smaller arcs of the chapters or the larger story arc. A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast is their deep understanding of landscape, not only as a place to walk through but landscape serving as a character. Why is that a go-to when you talk about picture books that work? Every time you read it, you find another layer. Some of the questions: We only see the mother — we never see the father.
Maybe she made it. She certainly allowed him to wear it. How many times a day does he wear it?Jane Yolen Teaches Writing - 12 x 12 Featured Author
Do mothers still put somebody to bed without supper? Lock the kids up without eating?
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Going to where the wild things are is part of his play, his own healing, his own calming himself down. You just get the little story.
But it has stories upon stories within it, and I want to know more. What do you notice about it these days?
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In some ways, picture books are easier to produce now. New little companies are rising all the time, and some do wonderful books — Creative Editions and companies like that.
They do beautiful, interesting, articulate books.
On that day, if the surgeons are worthy of their collective hire, the seams sewn with perfect stitchery, that woman will eschew flats for the first time in her life, walking out of the hospital in the highest of heals. June 2, I have been having severe back problems that may neceessitate surgery. SO many things I should be attending ti such as these posts have fallen by the wayside. I hate that we writers measure our success by whether we get a book contract, a starred review, a huge sale, notice in the NY Times, etc.
Sometimes the most important things we write never get published, or get overlooked, or stunningly dumped on, or go OP within a year. We were—for the moment s of writing—on fire as stunningly as an Old Testament prophet hearing and sharing the words of God.
Yet somehow that fire no longer seems hot enough. The problem then is how to keep the faith—in ourselves, in our writing—when no one else seems to have kept it. How to rekindle the flame when no ne wants to come near enough to be warmed or warned by it. Or maybe that should be: News first, thoughts after: Now for the thoughts: One is a book of poems about alligators, some quite sophisticated. One is about a stranded whale.
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And they all except perhaps the box book, have sophisticated language, long sentences, many words, and not a brandable character in sight. Does this mean I know nothing about picture books?
I think rather the market is going through its periodic seven year stretch and remembering it can accommodate both—the serious and the flighty, the up above and down below, the older picture book and the baby picture book, and everything in-between.