Laura Amy Schlitz, Baltimore County

&bull;<b> Describe your latest book</b> "Splendors and Glooms" is a Victorian melodrama about a boy with nine fingers, a girl who gets kidnapped, a small red dog, a witch, a frozen lake and an evil puppeteer.
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&bull;<b> Why write? What makes writing a book worthwhile?</b> Writers don't know why they write or what makes writing a book worthwhile -- in fact, we often question whether the game is worth the candle. Writers write the way bees make honey. It's the beekeeper who can speak eloquently about the pure and wholesome qualities of honey, the medicinal powers, the top notes of the fragrance, etc. The bee doesn't talk about these things. If you want to know why books are worthwhile, ask a reader.
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&bull;<b> How, if at all, has growing up and/or living in Baltimore influenced your writing?</b> I had a good primary education at Sparks Elementary School and my parents encouraged me to explore branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, as well as the Cockeysville and Towson branches of the Baltimore County Library system.
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&bull;<b> Is the written word in trouble? Are authors an endangered breed?</b> For both questions: No, I don't think so.
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&bull;<b> What's your next project?</b> My next project is a secret. It's dangerous to talk about a book when it's still in its early stages -- it can make the story seem shopworn and public when it ought to feel compelling and intimate.

( Karl Merton Ferron, The Baltimore Sun / August 7, 2012 )

Describe your latest book "Splendors and Glooms" is a Victorian melodrama about a boy with nine fingers, a girl who gets kidnapped, a small red dog, a witch, a frozen lake and an evil puppeteer.
Why write? What makes writing a book worthwhile? Writers don't know why they write or what makes writing a book worthwhile -- in fact, we often question whether the game is worth the candle. Writers write the way bees make honey. It's the beekeeper who can speak eloquently about the pure and wholesome qualities of honey, the medicinal powers, the top notes of the fragrance, etc. The bee doesn't talk about these things. If you want to know why books are worthwhile, ask a reader.
How, if at all, has growing up and/or living in Baltimore influenced your writing? I had a good primary education at Sparks Elementary School and my parents encouraged me to explore branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, as well as the Cockeysville and Towson branches of the Baltimore County Library system.
Is the written word in trouble? Are authors an endangered breed? For both questions: No, I don't think so.
What's your next project? My next project is a secret. It's dangerous to talk about a book when it's still in its early stages -- it can make the story seem shopworn and public when it ought to feel compelling and intimate.

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