You know what we’re overdue in doing? An installation of Guthmantics! And do you know who I rounded up for you today? Do you? Hmmm? You are going to flip! I got The Ms. Laurel Snyder! (Ohhhhs! Ahhhhs!) Not only is she an all-around wonderful human being, but she’s also a very talented and dedicated writer. Laurel Snyder is a Baltimore native, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a former Michener-Engle Fellow, a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, the editor of Half/Life: Jew-ish tales from Interfaith Homes (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and the author of Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains (Random House, 2008), Inside the Slidy Diner (Tricycle Press, 2008), (Any Which Wall, Random House, 2009), Daphne & Jim (Burnside Review Press, 2006), and The Myth of the Simple Machines (No Tell Books, 2007). She is also a hyperactive, type-A person, (in case you couldn’t tell). She lives in Atlanta with her ridiculously cute sons, Mose and Lewis, and their papa.
Guth: Tell us what you write, what you have written and how you do it?
(Guth here– Um, hi can you see why this woman and I get along so well??)
Guthieroo: Not flaky at all! The booze-n-write is awesome. Ha! I was so hooked on Rock of Love, too! You know what they say: “Ain’t no booty like a southside booty”… er, bleh, I mean. Anyway. What grand things are next for you? What would you, we’re talking dream gigs and adventures here, love to be next for you?
Snyder: Next for me is a new book of poems called Once Upon, about the tedious and wonderfully insane experience of having kids (I know, I know, it’s awful, but I can’t help it). And I’m also currently editing a new kid-novel, Any Which Wall. About four children in Iowa and their magical wall, which takes them to like, Pompeii and Camelot (of course– everyone goes to Camelot). I’m also about to launch an awesome new website, Badly In Love.
I’d like a major award of course, maybe a National Book Award for a novel, or a Caldecott for my picture book. Of course I’d like a movie option, because that would pay for babysitting. Anyone out there want to make a movie about a snarky milkmaid and her pet prairie dog? I’d looooove if Tim Burton wanted to turn my picture book, Inside the Slidy Diner, into a movie. That’d be the BEST!
AG: What Smiths or Morrissey song or lyric sums it up for you right now?
Guthieroo again. See there? Isn’t she great? Yes she is.Now, folks, you know the drill by now, right? After you’ve read all of her work, (and I mean all of it, because it all all very, very good and so what if you don’t have kids? Children’s books are good for your soul, just ask me about Patricia Combs’ Dorrie series sometime) go over and add her to your LibraryThing and Shelfari and GoodReads collections. Go on, go on. Then, be a mensch and buy a copy or two or ten for your friends and lovers and BFFs and the next time you hear the fabulous Laurel Snyder is reading near you, go show some love. Want to be a featured author/writer type for Guthmantics? Well, just send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll tell you everything you need to know.