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Alice Kuipers
I'm a YA and picture book author of four young adult novels and two picture books for young children.Find me here: www.alicekuipers.comMy first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, was published in 28 countries, won several awards and was named as a New York Times book for the Teen Age. My... show more

I'm a YA and picture book author of four young adult novels and two picture books for young children.Find me here: www.alicekuipers.comMy first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, was published in 28 countries, won several awards and was named as a New York Times book for the Teen Age. My second is called Lost For Words in the US, and The Worst Thing She Ever Did everywhere else. It won the Arthur Ellis Award, was shortlisted for the White Pine and Willow Awards, and was published in eight territories. 40 Things I Want To Tell You is the YA book I published in 2012. My newest novel for young adults is called The Death of Us. The Best-Ever Bookworm Book by Violet and Victor Small is my first picture book, with Little, Brown. A sequel will follow.I've had non-fiction published in Easy Living Magazine, the Sunday Telegraph and the Bristol Review of Books; several short stories turned into radio productions; and one short story which was used to inspire a short film. I won the LG award in Saskatchewan for most promising artist under 30, when I was under 30, not soooo long ago.Here are the answers to the questions I'm asked most frequently:Where do you work? How much do you write a day?I have an office in my house in Saskatoon and my desk is always messy. I try and read everyday and I always write when I have some childcare in place (Mondays to Thursday). I flit between hanging out with the children and writing furiously for a couple of hours. Barbara Kingsolver, who has two children, said something along the lines of 'I don't have time for writer's block." I keep that in mind.Where do you get your ideas?I read as much as I can and I think ideas often come subconsciously from the books I'm reading, from paintings I've seen, from bits of overheard conversation. My best ideas sneak into my head when I'm not trying too hard to find them. This makes me believe that napping is essential! There have been lots of times when I'm drifting off to sleep that an idea slithers into my mind.How long does it take to write a book?It depends. Some of my books have taken years and years, others have been easier to write and so taken less time. Rewriting is a big part of the process for me, so even if a first draft went on the page relatively quickly, the rewriting seems to take ages.How did you find a publisher?I feel very lucky to have good publishers. For me, finding a publisher involved lots of rejection letters and lots of waiting around. I had to write many many things, I had to learn lots about writing better, and I had to let go of the idea that being published was the most important part of writing. Once I let that go and truly, honestly wrote only for myself, it seemed that the stuff I wrote was better, and then people wanted to publish it.If you have any other questions, drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter, or 'Leave me a note' on my website www.alicekuipers.com and I'll do my best to answer.
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Injoy's Blogs + Book Reviews
Injoy's Blogs + Book Reviews rated it 5 months ago
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book written by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Diana Toledano is a children's book written for ages four to eight years. Polly loves words and writing stories and lists. She believes amazing things happen in threes. Her mother is expecting another baby, so her three-y...
Injoy's Blogs + Book Reviews
Injoy's Blogs + Book Reviews rated it 10 months ago
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book written by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Diana Toledano is a children's book written for ages four to eight years. Polly loves words and writing stories and lists. She believes amazing things happen in threes. Her mother is expecting another baby, so her three...
As the page turns..
As the page turns.. rated it 3 years ago
I found the writing style of this one, quite interesting.. The whole thing is narrated through refrigerator notes that mother and daughter leave for each other. You get to learn how their relationship is and what problems they face. (I don't know about you, but I never communicated with my mother li...
The Relaxed Ravenous Reader
The Relaxed Ravenous Reader rated it 3 years ago
Title: 40 Things I Want To Tell You Author: Alice Kuipers Publishers: HarperTrophy Canada Publication Date: Feb 21st 2012 Page Number: 240 pages Blurb: Amy (a.k.a. Bird) seems to have the perfect life: loving parents, a hot boyfriend, the best friend ever. She even writes an online advice column, ...
Radiant Shadows
Radiant Shadows rated it 6 years ago
The biggest thing going for 40 Things I Want to Tell You is its realism: Bird is put through the ringer before a glimpse at a happy future is shown. Her decisions come back to haunt her, and her friends don’t let her get away with her self-indulgence. And when the biggest mistake of her life changes...
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