Author Spotlight/Interview wuth Julianna Baggott

Posted February 8, 2013 by girlswit in Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Uncategorized / 7 Comments

Bio: Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott also writes under the
pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. She has published seventeen books over
the last ten years. Film rights for her forthcoming novel PURE have been acquired by Fox
2000. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, written under pen name
Asher, was published in spring 2011. There are approximately 50 foreign editions
of her novels to date.

Julianna began publishing when she was twenty-two
and sold her first novel while still in her twenties. After receiving her M.F.A.
from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she published her first
novel, Girl Talk, which was a national bestseller and was quickly
followed by Boston Globe bestseller The Miss America Family, and
then Boston Herald Book Club selection, The Madam, an historical
novel based on the life of her grandmother. She co-wrote Which Brings Me to
with Steve Almond, A Best Book of 2006 (Kirkus Reveiws) optioned
by producer Richard Brown and adapted by Keith Bunin with Matthew Warchus set to

Her Bridget Asher novels include The Provence Cure for the
The Pretend Wife, My Husband’s Sweethearts.
More info can be found at her Bridget Asher blog.

also writes bestselling novels for younger readers under the pen name N.E. Bode
as well as under Julianna Baggott. The Anybodies trilogy was a
People Magazine pick alongside David Sedaris and Bill Clinton, a
Washington Post Book of the Week, a Girl’s Life Top Ten, a Booksense
selection, and was in development at Nickelodeon/Paramount; The Slippery
(fall 2007), and the prequel to Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
(2007), a movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman. For
two years, Bode was a recurring personality on XM Sirius

Julianna’s Boston Red Sox novel The Prince of Fenway Park
(HarperCollins), was published in spring 2009. It is on the Sunshine State Young Readers
List for 2011-2012.
The Ever Breath (Random House) was
published in December, 2009.

Baggott also has a highly acclaimed career
as a poet, having published three collections of poetry and having been
published in the best literary publications in the country, including
Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and Best American
in 2001, 2011 and 2012.

Baggott’s work has appeared in over a
hundred publications, including the The New York Times, The Washington Post,
The Boston Globe, Glamour, Ms., Real Simple
, and read on NPR’s Here and
, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. Her essays,
stories, and poems are highly anthologized.

She is an associate professor
at Florida State University’s College of Motion
Picture Arts.

In 2006, Baggott and her husband co-founded the
nonprofit organization Kids in Need – Books
in Deed,
that focuses on literacy and getting free books to underprivileged
children in the state of Florida.

Follow Julianna on her blogfacebook, and twitter. 

What is your favorite dessert?
–I’ll eat anything that vaguely involves chocolate.

What inspired you to write your first book?
–Long, long ago… I think every book entails — approximately — 17.5 million moments of inspiration and 4.2 billion moments of force of will and/or grunt labor. It’s a book about mothers and daughters, mostly, and oddish. 

Inspired by any particular books or authors? What’s on your bookshelf?
–I’m reading Testing the Current now by William McPherson; just finished Gone by Cathi Hanauer Family Fang is up next.

What are your must-have accessories while writing?
–Dark chocolate — sea salt optional. 

The dreaded writer’s block; Ever have it? How do you beat it?
–Reread the works of those you really admire. I go backward to go forward. 

Pure is such a unique story; how did you come up with it?
–A million small sparks, a few failed works, a persistent vision of this girl with a dollhead fused to her fist, and a desire to build worlds… 

When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
–The name has to feel right. I don’t think about actual meanings, really. Sometimes I have to change a name — deep in revisions, for various reasons — and that’s very, very hard. 

Which character from Pure was easiest to develop? Which character is your favorite?
–Lyda surprised me. She was supposed to have a small role but kept demanding her own voice — which is a lot about her development in the trilogy. I think a lot of readers really love El Capitan — and he’s crazy to write. I never know what he’ll do next, Helmud too. 

What kind of research did you do for Pure?
–The acknowledgements page is jammed with notes on research, various thank yous. One of the most foundational aspects of the research was looking into the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The book entails some revisionist history but to capture the realism — even within the fictional world — I felt I needed to know the truth of our history. 

What was the hardest part of writing Pure?
–Fear of failure. I was so taken with these characters that I worried about doing them justice. 

Does Pressia have any of your personality traits?
–I wish I were as fierce and determined and strong. 

If you were fused to something; what would you prefer to be fused to?
–Small and not painful. Something that recalls the past, but not haunting. Something functional would be nice. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
–FUSE is book II in the trilogy. It pops this month. I take the characters farther, geographically, while delving into the Dome, more psychologically. 

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
–Oh. I don’t know. I wish I had some glorious other life that you could delve into and I’d have to own up to — in this humble yet fascinating way. Alas, just me here. 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
–This is a collaboration. I hope my imagination meets yours and that cool things happen as a result. And of course: thank you.   


We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . . 
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost–how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . . There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked: Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss–maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her. 

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

Fuse Book 2 of the Pure trilogy will be released on February 12th, 2013

When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside–the Wretches– struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.

Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free. 

An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fuse continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures–and change the fate of the world.

Lisa’s Review Of Pure: 
I totally loved this book even though I felt emotionally drained after reading it. The unique story line is captivating and dark. The darkness of it brings forth a level of beauty though. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read!

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7 responses to “Author Spotlight/Interview wuth Julianna Baggott

  1. Thank you for the interview! I always love reading author interviews, because I always wonder how I'd answer the questions. Somehow, never as cool or intriguing as the answers I read. 🙂

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