it's the question that drives us
She told me about him a few years ago, how he was writing and seeking publication while teaching full-time. I remember thinking that was something I could aspire to, that maybe someday I’d be doing the same. Maybe when I was forty, when being a teacher was no longer the all-consuming challenge it is today. By then, I might have it all together.
Wednesday Wars is one of Schmidt’s most recent novels, and it’s hilarious—yet poignant. Somehow he manages to pull it off. It’s based on his own life, growing up in the ‘60’s, with all the hijinks of 7th grade set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, political assassinations, and the draft. He writes about what he knew. And he was awarded a Newberry Honor for it.
Did I tell him about “Hero for Hire”? Of course. Did I scribble down the link to A Fly in Amber? You betcha. Because I, too, write what I know.