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Lauren Baratz-Logsted | Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Aug.03.2013
  The Moment There Was Candy Involved: I’d been reading Sisters 8 books to my daughter’s class since they were in second grade. It was a lot of fun. The kids were into it and one boy even offered to give me a million dollars if I’d just tell him how it all ended. Then, in the spring semester...
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Aug.02.2013
The Moment An Editor Was Nuts: Eh, I’d rather not talk about it. But suffice to say, it was a nightmare! OK, I will say one thing: When an editor refuses for a long time to let you see her notes and then when you finally do see them, you realize a lot of insane rambling has been going on, including...
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Aug.01.2013
The Moment There Was A Scroll: Two girls emailed asking for my address. They wanted to send an eleven-foot illustrated scroll they’d created, detailing their love for The Sisters 8. When the mailer arrived, I removed what did indeed resemble a scroll. Out of curiosity, I got out my yardstick. Yup,...
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Jul.31.2013
The Moment There Was A Board Game: Two girls wrote to say they’d created their own board game based on The Sisters 8. They enclosed pictures. Sure enough, there was an actual board with eight character pieces bearing the likenesses of the octuplets. Sadly, I did not receive instructions but I could...
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Jul.30.2013
The Moment I Said Oui: For some strange reason, I decided to look up the French edition of The Thin Pink Line on Amazon France to see how it was doing in the country that reveres Jerry Lewis. It was ranked something like #132. Insane, mais oui?  
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Jul.29.2013
The Moment I Liked And Disliked A Cover: I saw the cover for The Education of Bet. It was a very pretty cover: a faceless young woman in a long, pale green gown with old-looking books behind her. There was just one problem. It was in no way expressive of the story inside. If I’d had my way, the...
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Jul.28.2013
  The Moment I Went Back In Time: The private school I attended from grades four thru nine, Unquowa, invited me to give a Commencement speech thirty-four years after I graduated. Considering that in my first year there a teacher sent a note home to my parents saying, “Lauren is a butterfly who...
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Jul.27.2013
The Moment I Got Historical And Contemporary: I love playing with classics, trying to find a new entry into an older story. One day I thought: What about Tom Brown’s Schooldays meets She’s the Man? So that’s what I did. I started writing a seriocomedic book about a sixteen-year-old girl in...
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Jul.26.2013
  The Moment A Publisher Wrote: Having contracted the first four books in the projected nine-book series The Sisters 8, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offered a contract for Books 5 and 6. I received a letter in the mail from the Publisher, saying how proud she was to have HMH be the home for the...
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Jul.25.2013
The Moment Things Got Conservative: I got an email from a mother in Utah saying something to the effect, “I read The Sisters 8 and enjoyed it. The characters are such strong role models for girls! Sadly, I can’t recommend the series to my own daughters or anyone else because the Lord’s name is...