Meet Jennifer Murgia, author of Between These Lines
Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (Angel Star, Lemniscate, The Bliss), to contemporary gut-punchers (Between These Lines). Her latest, Forest of Whispers, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. Look for the sequel, Castle of Sighs, to hit shelves 9.15.15 from Spencer Hill Press. In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton, PA.
Publicity intern Naomi Downing’s interview of BHP author Jennifer Murgia traces the inspiration for the haunting story of Between These Lines and offers Murgia’s thoughts on writing.
Where did you get the story idea for Between These Lines?
BETWEEN THESE LINES is a story that popped into my head while listening to the song DIARY OF JANE by Breaking Benjamin. I wanted to tell a story of absolute loss after being in love with the only person who would ever truly understand you, and that perhaps a message could be delivered from the grave, but with a twist.
For you, what is the hardest part of being a writer?
Sometimes the hardest part is keeping up with the thoughts in my head. It’s wonderful to feel and see and entire manuscript in your brain but placing it into words at a slow pace is very frustrating! Really, if a scientist could invent a way to copy and paste thoughts into a Word document, I would be eternally grateful!
Is there one lesson that really stuck with you that you learned while writing Between These Lines?
I suppose the lesson learned is to always be true to yourself–even with those you don’t think will appreciate you.
Can you name any books similar to Between These Lines?
One that comes to mind is Elizabeth LaBan’s THE TRAGEDY PAPER, but it’s quite different. The only similarity, I believe, is the notion of working on a project together.
What was the hardest part of Between These Lines (plotting, writing, researching… etc.)?
I’ll be honest, writing BETWEEN THESE LINES came very easy to me, probably because it was a story I felt very strongly about and knew the ending before I ever wrote the beginning!