Tomorrow morning, I'm interviewing British YA writer Meg Rosoff for a Gazette story -- so I'm doing some background research today. First of all, I just finished reading Meg's latest book, What I Was. I really loved it -- it's very atmospheric, funny in spots, and really gets you thinking. Here is one of my favourite bits: "now that I'm older I've seen how little ittakes to turn a person's life around for better or worse. An event will do, or an idea. Another person. An idea of a person." See what I mean about how Meg gets a reader thinking?
In my preliminary research, I learned that Meg only started writing after her youngest sister died of breast cancer. In another interview that I read on-line, Meg said, "I thought if I was going to write a book, I should because life is short." Well, it's a good thing for us that Meg wrote that first book, and then several more. I interview her first thing tomorrow morning. Expect a blog entry as soon as I get home.
Another major snowstorm in Montreal today -- stay safe if you're out there!
That quotes really does make one think -- as long as it's as simple to change one's life for the better as it is for the worst, it's fine. However, sometimes worse things make it more difficult to see the brighter side of things, and then perhaps a little thing (even, person, idea) is not sufficient to make one see the happier side of life again. Maybe this situation is due to the fact that today's society often concentrates on negative events, though; how many times has the media given primary importance to bad news, such as the war? Occasionally, there's a heartwarming story on the front page of the newspaper, but, more often than not, it's because it's a celebration day, such as Valentine's Day.