April's Hot Writer: M. Molly Backes
My genre: Young Adult Fiction
My literary influences: Tillie Olsen, Barbara Kingsolver, Natalie Goldberg, E. Lockhart, Sarah Dessen, Chris Crutcher
My favorite literary quote: “You are brilliant and subtle if you come from Iowa and really strange and you live as you live and you are always very well taken care of if you are from Iowa.” – Gertrude Stein
My favorite book of all time: The Bone People, by Keri Hulme
I’m currently reading: Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child and a brilliant novel manuscript by one of my StoryStudio Chicago students.
My guilty pleasure book: Laurie King’s Mary Russell series (but I’m not guilty because they’re great).
I can’t write without: coffee. I’m hopelessly addicted. Without it, I’m like the dormouse in Alice in Wonderland.
Worst line I ever wrote: “I do not care what anyone thinks / of my poetry. / Especially you, / chair.” (I may have been slightly drunk, and feeling just the tiniest bit defensive.)
M. Molly Backes is the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, May 8, 2012). Molly is the Assistant Director of StoryStudio Chicago, where she also teaches creative writing classes to adults and teens. She has lived in Wisconsin, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Illinois. She's not the kind of person to play favorites or anything, but she might just like Iowa the best.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for a number of web sites and print publications. Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," (Soft Skull press) is available for pre-order here. She is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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