Jeff Hirsch attended the Workshop in fiction in 1986 and poetry in 1988.
My wife and I lived in NYC for about six years until we both switched to the freelance writer life and realized we could live anywhere we wanted. We chose upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley!
I am, and it never ceases to amaze me, a full time writer. I like pretty much everything about it.
Well, as I write this I’m listening to Tegan & Sara’s new album and it’s great as always. Also currently immersed in Jack White’s “Blunderbus”. Last good book I read was Stephen King’s 1½2/63. Last really good book was Gone Girl. Last great book was How I Live Now.
I’m working on two books at the moment. One is a young adult novel called The Darkest Path, which will be published by Scholastic in the fall of ’13. Also finishing the first draft of a new 39 Clues novel (it’s a middle grade series) which will be published in early ’14.Both are, I hope, examples of my efforts to write engaging and fast-paced genre novels that have something to say and feature strong characters.
Probably the publication of the first novel, The Eleventh Plague, about a year ago. Before that I was on the very edge of throwing up my hands when it came to the whole writing thing. I literally could not imagine a future where I was going to make it happen. And then it did.
It was HUGE. It was the first time in my life when I was surrounded by people who liked and valued the same things I did. It seriously validated what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. So, uh, thanks for that.
Think about writing like athletes think about training, do it every single day. Devote yourself to it. Study it. And have fun. It’s supposed to be fun.
I’ve also published two novels before the two getting ready to come out. The Eleventh Plague and Magisterium. Both were published by Scholastic. The Eleventh Plague was on the USA Today bestseller list. Magisterium was a Junior Library Guild Selection.