Tuesday, November 13, 2018

0 Robin Talley, author of PULP, on not getting too far inside her own head

We're delighted to have Robin Talley stop by to tell us more about her latest novel, PULP.

Robin, what do you hope readers will take away from PULP?

We like to think we’ve come a long way since the 1950s when it comes to social justice, and in many ways, we have. But the truth is, we’re still fighting a lot of the same battles now that we were then, and in many cases we’ve seen forward progress only to see plenty of backsliding, especially thanks to the current U.S. leadership. We all need to make sure we know the history of what’s come before — that the struggles we’re facing now aren’t new, and that we can’t afford to repeat the mistakes of the past.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I like to write out in public as much as possible. A library, a coffee shop — wherever there are people circulating, other noise that I can tune out. If I get too far inside my own head, the creative part of my brain tends to freeze up.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another historical novel focused on the LGBTQ rights movement — this one set in 1970s San Francisco. It’s been a lot of fun so far!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Pulp
by Robin Talley
Hardcover
Harlequin Teen; Original edition
Released 11/13/2018

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Robin Talley is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels for teen readers: Pulp (coming November 2018), Our Own Private Universe, As I Descended, What We Left Behind and Lies We Tell Ourselves, all of which focus on LGBTQ characters. Her first book, Lies We Tell Ourselves, was the winner of the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour and short-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her short stories have appeared in the young adult collections Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages, A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Badass Girls, and Feral Youth.

Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife and their daughter. She enjoys reading about queer characters, analyzing Disney movies, and chocolate. You can find her at www.robintalley.com.

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