Re: RARA-AVIS: Gold Medal: Meaker

From: Marijane Meaker (
Date: 10 Oct 2003

I just decided it was time to move on to hardcover. I did a few novels, and then as a result of my friendship with Louise Fitzhugh (famous for the YA Harriet The Spy) I heard about YA, Louise reminded me that many of my protagonists in suspense were teenagers and she said I should try YA. I read all that I could and then Paul Zindel's book The Pigman made me want to try YA. I love writing for that age group. You're not preaching to the choir. Kids still haven't made up their minds about everything. I like an audience I can teach or tell news things to or make think other ways. VinPacker/Kerr

Todd Mason <> wrote:

> In HIGHSMITH, you mention that Knox Burger was much less enjoyable to
> work with than Carroll...was it KB or other factors that led you to
> de-emphasize the Packer and other adult-oriented work in favor of the
> Kerr career? Were other publishers pursuing you for Packers or similar
> material?

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