Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Kathleen Barber

Kathleen Barber is the author of the forthcoming novel, Are You Sleeping. From her Q&A with Deborah Kalb:

Q: How did you come up with the idea for your character Josie, and why did you decide to make her a twin?

A: This probably sounds weird, but Josie and her twin sister Lanie predated Are You Sleeping by probably a decade. I was really interested in the idea of a pair of twins who think they know everything about each other, but then something happens that completely changes their world—and they have completely opposite reactions to it.

Both girls think that their reaction is the correct one and it rips this huge hole in their previously indestructible relationship: Josie can’t understand why Lanie rebels the way she does, and Lanie can’t understand why Josie doesn’t rebel.

Over the years, I had written out a couple different scenarios for them along these basic lines, but nothing really seemed right until...[read on]
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