Happy “book birthday” to my friend Angela Sage Larsen! Here she is with her new baby:
Can you tell she’s thrilled? She’s glowing! (Even more than usual, that is — Angela is a glowy kind of person, which is just one of the many things I love about her.)
I’m a big fan of Angela and her books. Not only is she a talented artist, but she also has a clear sense of purpose about her art and her writing, which I admire. “Strong Girls x Good Books” is her motto. What’s not to love about that?!
Heather: Imagine you find yourself in an elevator with a movie producer. You have thirty seconds to pitch the FIFTIES CHIX. How would you describe the series?
Angela: I would tell her, first of all, what a big fan I am (of course) and then I would describe FIFTIES CHIX as Back to the Future meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: it’s about 5 girls who time travel from 1955 to present day.
Heather: Tell me about how you came to write the books.
Angela: My books and stories always start with characters and then asking “what if…?” I was inspired to write the Fifties Chix series after first drawing and painting five different characters just for fun (although at that point, I wasn’t thinking about writing a story about it, just enjoying drawing). I imagined what typical 1950s “teeny boppers” might be like — one girl obsessed with Hollywood and the movies (who became Judy), one girl who is a talented athlete who loves sports (Beverly), another who is a homemaker who enjoys sewing and cooking (Mary), one girl who is concerned about social issues (Maxine), and a girl who is very artistic and loves to paint (Ann). I imagined how they would act and what they would think–and even how others would perceive them–if they were to be dropped right in present day straight from the 1950s. The question that I’ve been trying to answer for myself by writing the series is ultimately, “What’s ‘better’–the 1950s, which everyone says was a ‘simpler time’, or present day?” I’m just starting to write the fifth and last book and I’m still not sure there’s a clear cut answer!
Heather: What’s been the biggest surprise along the way?
Angela: There have been so many; one of the biggest surprises is when I hear about which characters readers identify with. For example, I have readers who are soccer players that identify more with Mary–who likes to be organized and in charge–than with Beverly, who is a star athlete. It’s a happy surprise for me, because it means the characters have more than just one dimension.
Heather: You’re in a ’50s malt shop. What one must-have item would you order?
Angela: I have a question for you: why do I only get to pick one? I’d have to choose between a rootbeer float, hot fudge sundae (no nuts), and/or a chocolate shake.
Now it’s YOUR turn! To enter the giveaway for a copy of THIRD TIME’S A CHARM, leave a comment below telling us what one favorite treat YOU would order at a ’50s malt shop, then sign up for the Fifties Chix fan club by clicking here! (Make sure and ask your parents’ permission first.) Giveaway ends at midnight January 23rd; one winner will be chosen at random and announced here on this blog on January 24th. (US/Canada only, please.)