Saturday, March 21, 2015

0 Elisa Ludwig, author of PRETTY WANTED, on always learning and growing

We're thrilled to have Elisa Ludwig here with her novel PRETTY WANTED, the last book in the Pretty Crooked trilogy.

Elisa, what scene of PRETTY WANTED was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

The hardest scene was the climax of the book. Without giving too much away, I knew Willa had to face a lot of danger, more danger than in any other previous scene in the trilogy, and let's face it—girlfriend is always getting into dangerous situations! I also needed to make the threats feel more intense and personal to her. That scene required at least three rewrites as I went back and forth with my amazing editors at HarperCollins and each time they pushed me to make it more intense and more satisfying for my readers.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

This book taught me that the deeper you feel about your characters, the more deeply your readers will respond. After having spent so much time with Willa, Aidan, Tre et al, my affection for them has only grown deeper, and it has been rewarding to see that many of my readers feel the same way!

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

There's never a time when you get to be an "expert" but don't let that get you down. Unlike many other activities, there's no one right way to go about it. Honor the fact that writing is a lifelong pursuit, and you're always learning and growing—that's really the beauty of it!


Pretty Wanted
by Elisa Ludwig
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 3/17/2015

Pretty Wanted is Elisa Ludwig’s rollicking finale to the Pretty Crooked trilogy, a series filled with moxie, romance, and heart that’s perfect for fans of Ally Carter or Sara Shepard.

When Willa skipped probation and hit the California highway to find her mom, she discovered a dark family secret: Joanne Fox is not who she says she is—and neither is Willa. Now Willa and her hot partner in crime, Aidan, must race to St. Louis, Missouri, where they hope to find answers about Willa’s past. But uncovering the truth requires solving a decades-old murder case. Unfortunately, the perps are still out there . . . and willing to do whatever it takes to keep the case cold.

Willa’s only hope is to find the truth before it finds her first.

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Elisa Ludwig studied writing at Vassar College and Temple University, but she wanted to be a writer long before all of that. Technically since she started writing, editing and publishing The Elisa Bulletin which she printed out on a dot matrix printer and sold for ten cents a pop.

In the intervening years she has worked as a freelance writer, covering the following topics: hot dogs, insurance, cyber theft, penny-pinching, drug development, weddings, other people’s books, music, movies, restaurants, mental health issues, diets, engineering, whiskey, furniture, real estate and travel. But writing about teenagers is her favorite subject.

She has been pick-pocketed twice, and once caught someone mid-pocket. Other than occasional jaywalking, she’s a law-abiding citizen. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and her cat Beau. PRETTY CROOKED is her first novel, and will be followed by PRETTY SLY in 2013, and PRETTY WANTED in 2014. You can visit her online at

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