Next week author Jennifer Donnelly will be joining us to talk to you all about her exciting new book, Revolution! Have you downloaded the chapter sampler for it yet? If not, click here and download it today!
Once you've read it, head on over to Jennifer's forum here and post your questions and check back throughout the week to see what she has to say! In the meantime, here's a letter she wrote to all of you as well as the video interview with Jennifer!
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Thanks so much for hosting me! I’m going to attempt to get out of the 18th century for a bit and live in the 21st. Please bear with. I’m sure I’ll post in the wrong place, hit Delete when I mean to hit Send, and maybe even crash the site. Such is my luck with all things technical.
Revolution, my newest novel, got started ten years ago, though I didn’t know it then. I was reading an article in The New York Times – Geneticists’ Latest Probe: The Heart of the Dauphin. There was a photo with it. Of an old glass urn with a small human heart in it. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.
I started reading and learned that a long time ago in Paris, some men who wanted the very best things for all of humanity behaved towards one small human being in the very worst way. What I learned from this article devastated me. It haunted me for years. It ate at me during the day and kept me up at night until finally I found a way to deal with it – by writing a story.
I needed answers to the questions the article raised. With the help of my two main characters: Andi Alpers – a seventeen-year-old musician who lives in modern-day Brooklyn, and Alexandrine Paradis – a teenaged actor who lived in Paris during the French Revolution, I went after them. Ten years after I first read that article in the Times, after I first saw that picture of the tiny heart in the glass urn, Revolution was completed.It took me on a journey, this book. It took a bite out of me. Cost me a lot of sleep. Etched lines on my face and on my heart. But it gave me the answers I needed and I hope it might do the same for you.
If you get a chance to read Revolution, or are interested and want to know more, meet me online at Random Buzzers from November 15 to 19. Ask me any questions, and let me know what you think!
With best wishes,