Happy 90th, Lael Littke! (YA novelist: "Prom Dress," 1989)
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Born in Mink Creek, Idaho, she became a Mormon and a medical secretary and now lives in Pasadena, California.
"Contributor of stories to anthologies, including Best Short Stories of 1973, 1973, Miniature Mysteries, 1981, Ellery Queen's Masters of Mystery, 1987, and Mystery Cats, 1995; contributor to magazines, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Seventeen,
Ladies Home Journal, McCall's, Boy's Life, Young Miss, and Co-ed."
In the 1990s, she contributed to the "Point Horror" series.
...TRISH FOR PRESIDENT, SHANNY ON HER OWN, and LOYDENE IN LOVE were on the New York Public Library’s “Recommended List for Teenagers.” BLUE SKYE received the “Notable Book” award from the Southern California Council on Children’s Literature
and PROM DRESS garnered the dubious honor of being “the book most often stolen” at one school library...
Littke says: "I grew up on a farm in Mink Creek, Idaho, where I daydreamed as I herded cows about being a writer living in a penthouse in New York City and wearing glamorous leopard-skin pants."
"Today I have a special treat in my Author Interview series. I’ve gotten answers from three wonderful authors who wrote a trilogy together. Yes, three authors wrote three books! I am the stop today on their Blog Tour.
"The authors are sisters Nancy Anderson and Carroll Hofeling Morris, and their good friend, Lael Littke. The series is entitled “The Company of Good Women,” and the books are Almost Sisters, Three Tickets to Peoria, and Surprise Packages, published
by Deseret Books."
Although Lael J. Littke has written books for children of various ages, she is best known as the author of stories of teenage girls who become involved in romance and adventure. In books such as Shanny on Her Own, Loydene in Love, and Blue Skye, Littke
creates plucky characters who mature quickly through the course of their adventures; in other works, including Prom Dress and The Watcher, Littke has written suspense tales that School Library Journal contributor Audrey Eaglen says "could have been
written by either [popular authors Christopher] Pike or [R. L.] Stine."...
Littke: "After teaching writing classes for several years, I have decided that the difference between a successful author and one who gets only
rejections is often a matter of discipline: the discipline to stick
with a project to completion, to revise it endlessly if necessary, and
to send it out again and again if it keeps coming back. It takes a
hard disciplinarian to sit oneself down at a cold typewriter each
morning and go at it again, but that's what it takes. I had a friend
who kept her ironing board set up next to her typewriter, and each
morning she told herself that if she didn't write, she would have to
iron, a task she hated more than scrubbing bathrooms. Even so, she
often spent the day ironing. That's how hard it is to become a
successful writer. But most of us agree that it's worth every effort