Are You There God It’s Me Margaret was the first book that I closed if anyone was reading over my shoulder.
Fudge is one of the first books that I remember loving as a child myself and as a mother reading aloud to the girls.
The Pain and the Great One is one of the first chapter books that Caroline read to herself.
And I could go on.
And last night, I was lucky enough to be in the same room as Judy Blume. The crowd was so big that I did not stay for the signing so I did not get the chance to meet her but I felt like I did. She is as great a speaker as she is an author. As she stood in front of a huge crowd, I felt like we were sharing a cup of coffee.
She started her presentation by saying, “You know, I’m a Jersey girl.” and then launching in to many fascinating stories behind her current book, In the Unlikely Event, which I have not yet had the chance to read. I feel like I will have much more to write after I’ve read so I won’t write too much more for now except for one super inspiring tidbit.
When asked the generic but inevitable question, “What advice would you give young writers?”, Judy Blume said the following:
“First, read, read, read and read.”
And then know that,
“Determination is as important as talent. Cry in the closet if you need to and then say, ‘Look what I am doing now.'”
Pretty good advice for us all I would say.