This Week’s Reader: Gigi Amateau

gigiamateau_thAbout:

Gigi Amateau is the author of Come August, Come Freedom, a work of historical fiction for young adults (Candlewick Press), selected by SIBA as a Fall 2012 Okra Pick. She also wrote the young adult novel, A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a 2010 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and Chancey of the Maury River, a William Allen White Masters List title for grades 3-5. Her debut novel, Claiming Georgia Tate was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.  She is also a recipient of the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts. A Mississippi native, Gigi lives in Richmond, Virginia.  Connect with her at: www.gigiamateau.com, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Deal breakers:

No such thing. I believe everyone has a story or two or fifty to tell and to tell in their own delicious way. Write in second person. Anthropomorphize til the cows come home. Heck, even use adverbs. Wherever the story is beckoning, go there and take me with you.

A story Gigi likes a lot:
I Don’t Know Who Used to Live Here, but No One Lives Here Now” by Isaac Boone Davis

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