She was my favorite author when I was growing up. I loved The Outsiders and her other three books and didn’t realize she’d been very young when she wrote them. She started The Outsiders when she was just fifteen. Anyway, she’s got a new adult book coming out, a mix of priates, vampires and adventure called Hawkes Harbor.

You can read the whole article here, but this really caught my interest:

Young fans have begged for a sequel to “The Outsiders,” but by the mid-1980s, the emotions Hinton had poured into her books were going into to raising her young son. She wrote two children’s books instead.

Hinton, who had been seized by writer’s block after being deemed “The Voice of the Youth” with “The Outsiders,” says “Hawkes Harbor” was not the product of a struggle to produce more teen fiction.

Hinton knew she could never recapture the raw emotions that made “The Outsiders” work. And as her son became a teenager, she found she lacked the sympathy for teens that made her early stories resonate.

“If I tried to write it now, when I’m a much better writer, I’d ruin it,” she says. “They think I’m being mean when I say, ‘No, I won’t write a sequel.’ But I need to change that to, ‘No, I CAN’T write a sequel.”‘

See, there is something to be said for not knowing the rules. Your book might be raw, but it can still have heart.

In other news, Larissa finalled in Lori Foster’s Brava Novella Contest! Go read her entry – it’s great!

And finally, there’s me. Horoscrope for Aries says: At the moment, you’re far more interested in napping, daydreaming and escaping reality, which is different from your usual modes — that is, confrontation, rebellion and assertion. You’re not losing your edge. Enjoy it while it lasts.

So I’m enjoying and hoping it lasts a bit longer.

Steph T.