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    1. LHA has actually been asked these questions or similar questions a lot of times (probably because they’re good questions!). Both questions are answered in an interview i found here:

      Q. I really enjoyed reading [CATALYST]. The main character, Kate Malone is a college bound, type-A student who loves chemistry. You’ve said you got the idea for SPEAK, when you heard sobbing one night, and it turned out to be the main character Melinda. How did Kate and her story come about?

      A: I wanted to write about a kid who looks like she has it all together, as opposed to the character in SPEAK who is obviously falling apart. I think we admire these “successful” kids – we envy them, wish our lives were that orderly. The truth is that under the surface, they are in pain, too. I also wanted to write about a girl who loves science and math because I thought that would be an interesting and unusual perspective. As soon as I started studying chemistry, I started hearing Kate. The writing was a peeling back of layers until she was ready to tell me where it hurt.

      Hope that helps!!

  1. don’t you just

    Don’t you just hate those renegade adverbs their just all over the place these days. So what kind of day is it today? A three pot of coffee day? – Jessica

  2. don’t you just

    Don’t you just hate those renegade adverbs their just all over the place these days. So what kind of day is it today? A three pot of coffee day? – Jessica

  3. bellingham

    How long will you be in Washington? Just a couple days? If you spend any time in Seattle, you should check out our new downtown library, it rocks!

  4. bellingham

    How long will you be in Washington? Just a couple days? If you spend any time in Seattle, you should check out our new downtown library, it rocks!

  5. LHA has actually been asked these questions or similar questions a lot of times (probably because they’re good questions!). Both questions are answered in an interview i found here:

    Q. I really enjoyed reading [CATALYST]. The main character, Kate Malone is a college bound, type-A student who loves chemistry. You’ve said you got the idea for SPEAK, when you heard sobbing one night, and it turned out to be the main character Melinda. How did Kate and her story come about?

    A: I wanted to write about a kid who looks like she has it all together, as opposed to the character in SPEAK who is obviously falling apart. I think we admire these “successful” kids – we envy them, wish our lives were that orderly. The truth is that under the surface, they are in pain, too. I also wanted to write about a girl who loves science and math because I thought that would be an interesting and unusual perspective. As soon as I started studying chemistry, I started hearing Kate. The writing was a peeling back of layers until she was ready to tell me where it hurt.

    Hope that helps!!

  6. Speak

    Laurie,
    I know you must her this on a daily basis but “Speak” is a very insperational book.when my english teacher told us about you and your work I thought o0o yeah another book but “speak” really captivated me.
    My bestfriend and I really enjoye the book,I helped my friend come out and talk about the same thing only the person who did that to her was my step uncle,well my moms boyfirnds brother.But now she has putthat all behing her I mean she was 5 and her mom had dropped her off at a 4-H meetind at the local park and that sicko took her and did that my mim not knowing cause H etold her o0o i’ll take her and show her where to stick her jacket because there house was next to th elocal park,Well anyway my best friend now has a awsome Boyfriend and me herbrother which is also my boyfriend are all very happy and we all enjoyed the book.So thank you and keep them coming, your an amazing person/writer best wishes ,ARYK

  7. Speak

    Laurie,
    I know you must her this on a daily basis but “Speak” is a very insperational book.when my english teacher told us about you and your work I thought o0o yeah another book but “speak” really captivated me.
    My bestfriend and I really enjoye the book,I helped my friend come out and talk about the same thing only the person who did that to her was my step uncle,well my moms boyfirnds brother.But now she has putthat all behing her I mean she was 5 and her mom had dropped her off at a 4-H meetind at the local park and that sicko took her and did that my mim not knowing cause H etold her o0o i’ll take her and show her where to stick her jacket because there house was next to th elocal park,Well anyway my best friend now has a awsome Boyfriend and me herbrother which is also my boyfriend are all very happy and we all enjoyed the book.So thank you and keep them coming, your an amazing person/writer best wishes ,ARYK

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