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Thursday, April 1, 2010

An Interview With Gae Polisner

Today, the inspiration continues from this interview with debut author Gae Polisner. Her young adult novel, The Pull of Gravity, will be available in 2011.

Tell us about your book.
The Pull of Gravity is my first YA novel. It’s about two kids who go on a brief road trip to keep a promise to a dying friend and maybe fall in love and learn a little bit about Steinbeck in the process. It’s slated to be released spring 2011, by Farrar Straus & Giroux, Books for Young Readers. I love the kids in it – Nick & Jaycee – they’re really funny and real together. And a piece of trivia, the title comes from a Yoda quote that appears in the book, but you’ll have to read it to know where and why.

Can you tell us a little about your road to publication?
It took me about six years of shopping my first manuscript, a piece of women’s fiction called The Jetty to get agented. You heard me, six years! The Jetty got some great editorial feedback (and was a Top Semifinalist in the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest), but never got published. In the meantime, I wrote The Pull of Gravity and another women’s fiction novel. Gravity got picked up first (a deal, finally, eight years after I set out to get one!), but I still have huge hopes for my women’s fiction. And, fyi, the editor who ultimately fell in love with and bought The Pull of Gravity came my way through a stroke of pure luck (not my agent). These days, I believe getting published almost always takes some luck, plus the talent to back it up when it comes your way.

Was there ever a time you felt like giving up? Why didn't you?
Not really. I’m a lawyer, a mother, a wife. I’ve been around a long while. And I knew I wanted this more than anything. In my many years on this planet, I’ve learned I’ll pretty much accomplish anything I want to, as long as I keep trying. So, the only option was to keep trying.
And, see, voila!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and telling us about The Pull of Gravity and your publication journey, Gae!

For more information about Gae and her book, check out the links below:
Gae Polisner's blog
Gae Polisner's Facebook Fan Page

Also, don't forget to read the other inspirational author interviews going on this week at the blog links located here.

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Blogger Claire Dawn said...

Didn't feel like giving up? More power to ya! We're a rare breed!

April 1, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Bish Denham said...

Wow! What a journey! Thanks for sharing.

April 1, 2010 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Tess said...

Mine was an 8 year journey at well ... but don't we appreciate it so much more? That's what I'm telling myself, at least...

April 1, 2010 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Kathy McCullough said...

Great story, and inspiring. The novel sounds great: smart and fun. Thanks for the interview!

April 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Caroline Starr Rose said...

Gae, I can't wait for your book to be out. So glad we're Elevensies together.

April 1, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger said...

Look, it's Gae Polisner, the wonderfulmost soon-to-be famous author! What a treat it is to see you interviewed! Thanks for sharing the 8 years with us, Gae.

8 years ain't luck, btw. It's called courage. :-)

April 1, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger TerryLynnJohnson said...

Sounds like a great book! Wonderful reading this journey. Thanks for the interview.

April 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Elana Johnson said...

Oh, I think there's a huge amount of luck involved too. But definitely talent as well. Congrats on your book! It sounds amazing.

April 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Julie Musil said...

Wow, now that's an inspirational interview! Eight years is a long time, so now I won't feel so bad if it takes that long! Thanks.

April 1, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger gae polisner said...

Thanks, all! I forgot I was up today! And did I really write "women's fiction novel?" Er. I are a good writer woman. :)

Tess, I'm telling myself that too - I actually lose track of whether it was 8, 9 or 10 years. I just pretty much make up numbers now. Same goes for my age.

And, Caroline, yes!!! Isn't it funny and amazing how you can feel like you know others and care for them even when you've never met in person? Especially writers, I think.

Thanks for all the great feedback.


April 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger gae polisner said...

and, Amy, thanks for including me!

April 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Amy Holder said...

Thank YOU for the interview, Gae!

April 1, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Scotti Cohn said...

Great interview! Your perseverance is admirable and inspiring! Oh and the fact that you're so talented... that's cool too. :D

April 1, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger beth said...

You had me at "Yoda quote." AWESOME!

April 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Lisa and Laura said...

We're so glad you never gave up! Your book sounds wonderful.

April 2, 2010 at 11:44 PM  

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