Today, we bring you part 2 of our exclusive Q&A with The Bridge from Me to You author Lisa Schroeder. If you missed it, catch part 1 here.
The series is about four girls who meet at summer camp and think they’ve found a lucky bracelet. Before they each return home, they promise each other that they will take turns wearing the bracelet and writing each other letters and sharing about their experiences with the bracelet. Each book is from one of the girl’s point of view – the first one is about Caitlin in Connecticut, the second one is about Mia in southern California, the third one is about Libby in England, and the fourth one is about Hannah in Tennessee. There are some really unique elements in each of the books, because I wanted to write about things you don’t see often in middle grade novels. So, for example, there is bird watching in the second book and a sweet shop in the third book. They are supposed to be fun reads, and I worked really hard to make them so.
I really like working this way. I heard another author say that switching back and forth is a nice way to cleanse your palate, and it’s true! After I’ve written and revised a YA and I’m doubting everything about writing YA, I can start in on a middle grade, and life is good again. I suppose the challenge is that if I’m trying to publish at least one of each every year, I don’t get much down time. But overall, I really like it and I feel fortunate to be able to write both.
What are you working on next?
I just finished drafting a MG fantasy and I need to revise that soon so I can send it to my agent and see what she thinks. Right now, I’m doing revisions on my next YA which will be out summer of 2015. I haven’t announced it yet, so I can’t say too much, but I can say this – it has a pretty unique premise and I think people are going to be a little bit surprised when they hear about it. And I’m really excited about it!!
Edited to add: Lisa’s new YA project has been announced. Here is the announcement from PW:
Amanda Maciel at Scholastic has acquired world rights to Lisa Schroeder‘s new YA novel, All We Have Is Now. With just 28 hours left until a giant asteroid is due to destroy the U.S., a 17-year-old runaway and her best friend make it their mission to fulfill as many people’s last wishes as they can, until she realizes there are things left undone in her own life. It’s slated for summer 2015; Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger was the agent.