Live Chat with Anton DiSclafani, THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS(05/13/2013) 
3:42
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We will begin our live online chat with the Anton DiSclafani, author of THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS in about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, here’s the cover of the book...
Monday May 13, 2013 3:42 Nora - EarlyWord
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Nora - EarlyWord
Monday May 13, 2013 3:43 
3:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
The book has received 3 starred prepub reviews:

"In elegant prose that evokes the cadences of a vanished epoch, DiSclafani unfolds at a leisurely pace... An unusually accomplished and nuanced coming-of-age drama."--"Kirkus "(starred review)

"Set in the 1930s, full of alluring descriptions, and featuring a headstrong lead character, this is a literary novel that is also full of scandal, sex, and secrets. . . . [Readers] will be held in thrall by the world so vividly and sensually rendered here in a novel that is as sophisticated in its writing as it is in its themes."--"Booklist "(starred review)

"Engrossing, empathetic, and atmospheric, this debut will resonate with readers as the author eloquently portrays the inevitable missteps in coming of age. Highly recommended." - "Library Journal" (starred review)
Monday May 13, 2013 3:45 Nora - EarlyWord
3:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
It is also and IndieNext pick for June, with the following bookseller recommendation:

“In 1930, at the height of the Great Depression, Theadora Atwell is forced to leave the only home she has ever known and the family she cherishes to attend the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Not only has she been banished to a world she knows nothing about, but also her life until this point has been lived mostly in seclusion with her nuclear family on a thousand-acre orange ranch in Florida, an environment that could not be more different than the one in which she finds herself. The reason for her banishment is a secret slowly revealed. This is a coming-of-age story you won’t soon forget.” —Terry Gilman, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA
Monday May 13, 2013 3:45 Nora - EarlyWord
3:56
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Happy to see so many chat participants gathering. You can send your questions through at any time. They'll go into a queue, and we'll submit as many of them as we can to Anton before the end of the chat. Don’t worry about typos – and please forgive any that we commit!
Monday May 13, 2013 3:56 Nora - EarlyWord
3:57
Anton: 
Hi everyone! Thank you for gathering (virtually)
Monday May 13, 2013 3:57 Anton
3:57
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Hi Anton;

Thanks for joining us -- you're just back from London, right?
Monday May 13, 2013 3:57 Nora - EarlyWord
3:58
Anton: 
Yes, the trip to London was to promote the book. I met with readers and booksellers around London and Oxford—it was very fun, and seemed like a nice perk to the writing life! Because 99% of the writing life is spent in front of a computer screen...
Monday May 13, 2013 3:58 Anton
3:58
Anton: 
I am a little over-caffeinated, here, so please forgive any rambling! i'll try to keep myself in check, though:)
Monday May 13, 2013 3:58 Anton
3:59
Nora - EarlyWord: 
So, let's look at the UK jacket -- it's a bit different from the US jacket...
Monday May 13, 2013 3:59 Nora - EarlyWord
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Nora - EarlyWord
UK Cover -- published by Headline
Monday May 13, 2013 3:59 
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Nora - EarlyWord: 
Did the UK audiences surprise you in any way?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:00 Nora - EarlyWord
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[Comment From Sue D.Sue D.: ] 
Sue D from St. Charles, MO here. Great book. Fun and thought provoking read.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:00 Sue D.
4:00
Anton: 
Well, I met with a book club in a tiny little town outside of Oxford, called Wallingford, and they had all already read the book, which was so nice! So that was a surprise.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:00 Anton
4:01
Anton: 
Thank you, Sue! I pass by St. Charles every day, on my way to the barn I ride at, in Lake St. Louis
Monday May 13, 2013 4:01 Anton
4:01
Nora - EarlyWord: 
How you got named Anton and why is it not pronounced the way we might expect?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:01 Nora - EarlyWord
4:01
Anton: 
I’m afraid my parents have never given me an entirely clear answer about where my name comes from! They say they saw the name on old movie credits, and liked it, and named me Anton without knowing that it is, technically, a man’s name! But my father’s name is Antonio, so it is at least partly in homage to that. And yes, it’s pronounced “An-ten.” People generally expect a man. But I’ve gotten used to it
Monday May 13, 2013 4:01 Anton
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[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
Did the British relate to a young girl from Florida in the 30's or was the coming of age story universal to them?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:02 Andrea
4:02
Anton: 
You know, I think the British do relate to a young girl in the south, for that exact reason--that coming of age stories are universal...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:02 Anton
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[Comment From WendyWendy: ] 
Wendy from Blowing Rock, NC. Loved the book.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:03 Wendy
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Anton: 
I also think it's interesting for them to read about old southern society, the same way that it's interesting for me to read about British boarding schools!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:03 Anton
4:03
[Comment From jackie-indianajackie-indiana: ] 
I think the American cover is more indicative of how I saw the main character..
Monday May 13, 2013 4:03 jackie-indiana
4:03
Anton: 
Ahh, someone from Blowing Rock! I'm jealous that you are there right now:)
Monday May 13, 2013 4:03 Anton
4:03
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Here's a question we received in advance from a participant:

This book was wonderful. I really felt as if I was in the South in the 1930's. I'd like to know more about why you selected that time period and what research you did to make your locales and characters so authentic
Monday May 13, 2013 4:03 Nora - EarlyWord
4:03
Anton: 
Yes, there's definitely something more pensive about the American cover's model.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:03 Anton
4:04
Anton: 
I think, as librarians, you would probably all be appalled at my research process! Let’s just say I learned as I went☺ To put it bluntly, my research style was pretty haphazard, especially at first. I read memoirs by people who were children in the 20s and 30s; checked out books from the library (I have access to an amazing library at Washington University, where I teach) on random things like dance styles of the 20s, etc. A lot of the research was done in revision, when I had identified how the world needed to be developed or firmed up...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:04 Anton
4:04
Anton: 
And then I depended a lot on family history—my mother is from an old southern family—she likes to call them ‘country people’—and I’ve lived in the south from birth until grad school. So a lot of the social nuances were second nature to me...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:04 Anton
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Anton: 
I teach Historical Fiction now, to undergraduates, and one of the first things we do is meet with an amazing research librarian, and she leads us through the research process (in one hour! It’s amazing). There’s so much out there, with digital archives, so the issue becomes knowing how to navigate them. Anyway, I bring that up because the first time I took my class, I was so jealous! I kept wishing I could go back in time and attend that session before I started writing!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:04 Anton
4:05
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
I was fascinated by Thea's insular worlds--first at her parents' home in Florida and then at the riding camp.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:05 bookclubreader
4:06
Anton: 
Yes the worlds certainly were very insular--it's funny, at first I didn't even realize how insular they were!...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:06 Anton
4:06
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Another advance question is about your inspirations:

The ending of the book was so very poignant for me as a reader. I could see the picture described. Was there, in fact, a photo that inspired this book and the characters?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:06 Nora - EarlyWord
4:06
Anton: 
But I think that's key to the story--the insularity of the worlds. It's hard to imagine what happened, especially what happened in Emathla, happening in a more populated world
Monday May 13, 2013 4:06 Anton
4:07
Anton: 
Thank you, first of all—I love that you could see the picture. That ending was hard-earned, and went through many revisions. I am a rider—Nora will post some photos, I believe—so I’m familiar with the traditional poses of horse and rider...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:07 Anton
4:07
Anton: 
But that photo in particular that you describe was something I imagined—it’s not based on anything. But I’m glad you found it so vivid—it’s odd, but it also seems like a real photo to me now, too.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:07 Anton
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Nora - EarlyWord: 
You provided this photo of yourself -- I instantly thought it was the inspiration...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:08 Nora - EarlyWord
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Nora - EarlyWord
Anton, Show
Monday May 13, 2013 4:08 
4:08
Anton: 
THat's my horse Harry! I was 16, I think.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:08 Anton
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Nora - EarlyWord: 
Which underscores that you were a rider
Monday May 13, 2013 4:09 Nora - EarlyWord
4:10
Anton: 
Yes, I was a rider...and I ride now--I just got back from the barn, in fact!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:10 Anton
4:10
Chris Kahn: 
Interesting how the formality of the times, the horse ring and school mirrored one another and constrained the book's characters!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:10 Chris Kahn
4:10
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I'm going to share some other photos of you riding as a kid...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:10 Nora - EarlyWord
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Nora - EarlyWord
Anton, jumping
Monday May 13, 2013 4:10 
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Anton: 
Ahh, that's an interesting idea, that the formality of the horse ring and school mirror each other--I think that's very true...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:11 Anton
4:11
Nora - EarlyWord: 
If you look at that jumping photo closely, you can see how hard Anton is concentrating!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:11 Nora - EarlyWord
4:11
Anton: 
ANd in a way, riding is a place for Thea to test boundaries safely--within those boundaries--and her fearlessness is rewarded in that arena.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:11 Anton
4:11
[Comment From jackie-indianajackie-indiana: ] 
It would take a rider to explain the details of the horses and their care. Did you attend an actual riding camp in the south?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:11 jackie-indiana
4:12
Anton: 
Yes, I do that thing with my mouth, which I still do now, when I am riding and focussing!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:12 Anton
4:12
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I love this one of you with your pony -- makes me think of Thea's pony that she has to leave behind in Florida...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:12 Nora - EarlyWord
4:12
Nora - EarlyWord
Anton with pony
Monday May 13, 2013 4:12 
4:12
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
Thea seemed quite the contradiction to me naive, yet very wise for her age. Can you explain in more detail? Do you think being a twin had a great influence on her beliefs?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:12 Andrea
4:12
Anton: 
I attended camp in NOrth Carolina--Camp Greystone--and we did ride horses, but only twice a week, and needless to say my experience was totally different than Thea's!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:12 Anton
4:13
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Another advance question:

The more I read about Thea's Florida home, the more it came to seem a kind of Paradise, with Thea expelled from it because of sexual knowledge, rather than a knowledge of good and evil. Was this intended? Interesting that only Thea is expelled, not her twin Sam.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:13 Nora - EarlyWord
4:13
Anton: 
Yes, Thea is both very wise and very naive, in the way, I think, that a lot of teenagers are. She has great instinct, but she's experienced very little of the world...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:13 Anton
4:13
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
One of my favorite lines from the book was on page 319 of the ARC: "I was fearless. It was a trait that served me well in the ring, and badly in life."
Monday May 13, 2013 4:13 bookclubreader
4:14
Anton: 
And I am so fascinated by twins--yes, I think that being a twin is so much of how she sees herself in the world. Can you imagine? It seems so bizarre to me, and lovely.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:14 Anton
4:14
Anton: 
Good question! I like your take on Thea’s home as a kind of Paradise (I’m finding my readers have much more intelligent readings than I do!) But yes, I was aware, writing, that Thea is expelled for something that is both natural and utterly distasteful to her family (her sexuality); her family’s distaste is only amplified by the time and place the book is set. It would be a different story if it were set now...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:14 Anton
4:14
Anton: 
And what I was really interested in is the idea of her parents choosing. They can save Sam or save Thea, and they choose the boy, which is, again, given the era, unsurprising. Though I think that Thea’s parents are not cruel or unkind; to me, they’re baffled by their daughter, and their bafflement leads them to desperation. I’m less interested in parents that are intentionally cruel than parents that are accidentally cruel, if that makes sense.

And Thea’s parents are definitely supposed to assume a god-like role in the book. They are everything to her, in the way that all parents are to young children. Except in Thea’s case, there are no other people—adults or children—to blunt their total power.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:14 Anton
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Nora - EarlyWord: 
Here's a photo you sent of the Florida home your mom grew up in ...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:15 Nora - EarlyWord
4:15
Anton: 
thank you--I like that line (if i do say so myself!) on page 319 as well, i think because it captures why thea is such an able horsewoman (i myself was bad at jumping, because i'm not brave!)
Monday May 13, 2013 4:15 Anton
4:15
Nora - EarlyWord
Anton's Mother's Home in Florida
Monday May 13, 2013 4:15 
4:16
Anton: 
Oh, actually that's the home I grew up in! The photo was taken before any of us were born, in the 1920s
Monday May 13, 2013 4:16 Anton
4:16
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Speaking of time periods -- why did you pick the '30's, rather than the time period you grew up in?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:16 Nora - EarlyWord
4:17
Anton: 
I think this story would be impossible, or at least very different, if it took place now...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:17 Anton
4:17
What best describes your opinion of Thea?
Didn't feel guilt
 ( 0% )
Was disloyal
 ( 0% )
Had life-long regrets
 ( 29% )
Was misunderstood
 ( 71% )

Monday May 13, 2013 4:17 
4:17
Anton: 
when i teach historical fiction, we spend a lot of time talking about the pressures of history, and how they work on the characters...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:17 Anton
4:18
Anton: 
and I needed the pressures to be much less forgiving than they are now!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:18 Anton
4:18
Anton: 
I'm interested to see the results of the poll! as a side-note, when i was writing this book i never could have imagined Thea would be featured in a poll!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:18 Anton
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Nora - EarlyWord: 
Did you feel restrained by telling the story in the first person?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:19 Nora - EarlyWord
4:19
Anton: 

No, I didn’t feel restrained at all. I love first person narrators—reading them and writing them. In a lot of ways, I think the world of the first person narrator can be more thorough...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:19 Anton
4:20
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
I agree with what has been said about why Thea was the one who got sent away. I think another reason is that her behavior was too much of a reminder of her mother's own risky behavior around the same age.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:20 bookclubreader
4:20
Anton: 
And I can’t imagine writing Yonahlossee in any other point-of-view—the urgency that accompanies first person perspectives is so important for the book.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:20 Anton
4:20
Anton: 
Yes, she reminds her mother of herself, which I suppose children always do (I don't have children myself!) and that strikes a chord of terror in her mother.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:20 Anton
4:21
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
tell us a little about the process of writing the book. How long did it take to write? Did you do many re-writes? Did Thea's charachter change much from the first draft to the final one?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:21 Andrea
4:21
Anton: 
It took me 2 years to write the book, then 2 and a half years to revise...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:21 Anton
4:21
Anton: 
yes, i did many, many rewrites...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:21 Anton
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Nora - EarlyWord: 
The central conflict of the book is the mystery of why Thea is sent away by the family. You reveal what happened slowly, with no single revelation. It unfolds naturally, like getting to know someone. Did you plan that approach from the beginning?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:22 Nora - EarlyWord
4:22
Anton: 
but Thea's character (or at least I'd like to think so) is essentially the same. She has always driven the book.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:22 Anton
4:22
[Comment From Sue D.Sue D.: ] 
I actually feel the story wouldn't work if it was done in another voice. We need to hear and see what Thea sees in order to understand her confusion and what she is learning.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:22 Sue D.
4:22
Anton: 
Thank you—I’m glad it feels natural! I tried to mimic the way Thea might be coming to terms with what happened—in bits and pieces. She’s clearly a person who has the ability (an ability I completely lack) to close off her mind, to only think about what she wants to think about. She’s not a worrier (I am like the supreme worrier of the universe), so it seemed natural that she would allow herself to think about the tragedy in bits and pieces. Her personality lent itself to the style of revelation.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:22 Anton
4:23
Anton: 
I agree--the book wouldn't work in 3rd person...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:23 Anton
4:23
Anton: 
It needs the closeness of first.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:23 Anton
4:24
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
I agree, I can't imagine anyone else telling the story. If they did, we'd have a completely different book.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:24 Andrea
4:24
Anton: 
I am so different from Thea! It's a question i get asked a lot--how much of me is in Thea?--and I have to say, none of me is in Thea.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:24 Anton
4:24
Anton: 
that's true--imagine the book from Sam's perspective! Or her mother's!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:24 Anton
4:25
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You are so different from Thea -- didn't that make it difficult to inhabit her, or does it help to have some distance from her?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:25 Nora - EarlyWord
4:25
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
Except for the riding. Girls and their horses! I had 5 of them them growing up.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:25 Andrea
4:25
Anton: 
I wrote her character so much by instinct, and then thought about her later (if that makes sense)...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:25 Anton
4:26
Anton: 
I would have to say, though, that the idea of writing a thinly-veiled version of myself makes me uncomfortable!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:26 Anton
4:26
Anton: 
5 horses! I am totally jealous
Monday May 13, 2013 4:26 Anton
4:26
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
For me, a real turning point for Thea was when she reached out to help Sissy out of her predicament. A real moment of growth that took Thea outside of herself and her self-centeredness.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:26 bookclubreader
4:27
Anton: 
Yes, Sissy was Thea's first real friend....
Monday May 13, 2013 4:27 Anton
4:27
Anton: 
And i like that reading, that Thea had to mature before she could reach out. It's true.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:27 Anton
4:29
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Back to the question about whether the book would work for young adults. What do you think?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:29 Nora - EarlyWord
4:29
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
That's what makes this novel such a wonderful coming of age story.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:29 bookclubreader
4:29
Anton: 
I think so. There's obviously a lot of risque material, but YA books have a lot of that, too. I think, as I said before, it is for the "mature teen"...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:29 Anton
4:29
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
What are your plans for the book? You're just back from London. Book tours in the US? BEA?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:29 Andrea
4:29
Anton: 
I would have liked to read it as a teen!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:29 Anton
4:30
Anton: 
I also think that there is so much crossover between YA and adult fiction
Monday May 13, 2013 4:30 Anton
4:30
Anton: 
I am going on tour--you can check out the schedule at my website (antondisclafani.com)
Monday May 13, 2013 4:30 Anton
4:30
Catherine - Penguin: 
I would have gobbled this one up as a teen!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:30 Catherine - Penguin
4:30
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Librarians will completely agree about the amount of crossover between YA and adult fiction!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:30 Nora - EarlyWord
4:31
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
Is historical fiction the genre you plan to stay with? Or do you think you'll venture into other genres?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:31 Andrea
4:31
Anton: 
The book I'm working on now is not historical fiction..
Monday May 13, 2013 4:31 Anton
4:31
Anton: 
THe honest answer is that I don't know--whatever idea strikes me is the best answer I can give!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:31 Anton
4:32
Anton: 
re: the crossover between YA and adult fiction--yes, there is SO MUCH crossover...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:32 Anton
4:32
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Let's go back to the question about plans for promoting the book here -- will you be at BEA?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:32 Nora - EarlyWord
4:32
Anton: 
I remember discovering Anne Tyler when I was fourteen and feeling like I'd discovered a whole new universe!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:32 Anton
4:33
Anton: 
I will be in NYC during BEA, but I'm not sure what I'm doing!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:33 Anton
4:34
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You sent me this photo in advance -- you as a young girl with a beautiful big that grey horse -- I can imagine that as Camp Yohnalossee!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:34 Nora - EarlyWord
4:34
Nora - EarlyWord
Anton with Big Grey
Monday May 13, 2013 4:34 
4:34
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
It would be great to see you at BEA!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:34 bookclubreader
4:34
Anton: 
That was Barbie Ranch, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:34 Anton
4:35
Anton: 
it was much more casual than Yonahlossee.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:35 Anton
4:35
[Comment From trishap00trishap00: ] 
Oh I love Greys
Monday May 13, 2013 4:35 trishap00
4:35
Anton: 
Me, too! Though greys are hard to keep clean:)
Monday May 13, 2013 4:35 Anton
4:36
Nora - EarlyWord: 
And, they never seem to win races.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:36 Nora - EarlyWord
4:36
Anton: 
the horse that i ride right now is a bay (dark brown)
Monday May 13, 2013 4:36 Anton
4:36
Anton: 
is that a Kentucky Derby reference? I am afraid I missed it!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:36 Anton
4:37
Nora - EarlyWord: 
I always bet on the greys!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:37 Nora - EarlyWord
4:38
[Comment From trishap00trishap00: ] 
Probably since I keep betting on them
Monday May 13, 2013 4:38 trishap00
4:38
[Comment From jackie-indianajackie-indiana: ] 
Was the headmaster at your riding camp good looking like in the book?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:38 jackie-indiana
4:38
Anton: 
ah! well, maybe time to change up your strategy?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:38 Anton
4:38
Anton: 
There was no headmaster at my riding camp, I'm afraid!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:38 Anton
4:38
Anton: 
But I have had some very handsome professors:)
Monday May 13, 2013 4:38 Anton
4:39
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Why did you make Sam and Thea twins, rather than just brother and sister?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:39 Nora - EarlyWord
4:39
Anton: 
I wrote about twins so much before writing the book--I have several short stories about twins...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:39 Anton
4:39
Anton: 
and Thea always had a twin. It was part of her character--i never imagined her without one...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:39 Anton
4:40
Anton: 
I have a sister, and we're very close, and there's so much that goes unspoken between us--i read her so easily, so instinctively...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:40 Anton
4:41
Anton: 
ANd I imagine that instinct is doubled or tripled (no pun intended!) with a twin!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:41 Anton
4:41
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Most of our participants feel that Thea was misunderstood.

I wondered why, given her sorrow about disappointing her family, she continued to get involved in situations that might disappoint them. Why didn't she cave in to their disapproval?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:41 Nora - EarlyWord
4:42
Anton: 
No, she in fact seems to pursue situations she knows will disappoint her family. I think that’s, in a way, what coming-of-age stories are all about—having to choose between yourself and someone else...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:42 Anton
4:42
Anton: 
. It doesn’t have to be separation from family, necessarily—in A Separate Peace, one of my favorites, it was separation from friend—but in Thea’s case it was.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:42 Anton
4:42
[Comment From jackie-indianajackie-indiana: ] 
I kept thinking surely Thea would not go that route but in the back of my mind I knew she would. I kept reading faster and faster to see what was going on with her twin---I could not put it down.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:42 jackie-indiana
4:42
Anton: 
thank you--i'm glad it made you want to read it quickly!...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:42 Anton
4:43
Anton: 
and yes, it's kind of like knowing that Thea is going to do something bad, even though you wish she wouldn't.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:43 Anton
4:43
Nora - EarlyWord: 
My sense was that, even though Sam wasn't "punished" by being sent away, he ended up with the sadder life because he wasn't able to go beyond his parent's expectations.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:43 Nora - EarlyWord
4:44
Anton: 
Yes, definitely--Sam was never able to live his own life; Thea was forced to, at first, but then being sent away became a blessing...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:44 Anton
4:45
Anton: 
I think there's always a child, in a family, who seeks their parents' approval the most--in my family, it's me!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:45 Anton
4:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Let me guess, are you the oldest?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:45 Nora - EarlyWord
4:45
[Comment From jackie-indianajackie-indiana: ] 
Exactly, I kept trying to figure out just what was keeping him home--and, there is always a "bad girl" at a camp
Monday May 13, 2013 4:45 jackie-indiana
4:45
Nora - EarlyWord: 
How does it feel to begin reading reviews & reader reactions? Does the book become a different entity, somehow, when people begin commenting?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:45 Nora - EarlyWord
4:45
Anton: 
ha, yes, i am the oldest!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:45 Anton
4:46
Anton: 
and yes, there is always a bad girl at camp (it wasn't me at my camp, fyi!). I don't think I've ever met a rule i didn't like.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:46 Anton
4:46
Anton: 
re: people reading the book--yes, that's a good way to put it. The book doesn't belong to me completely anymore. ANd for a long time it belonged to me and me only...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:46 Anton
4:47
Anton: 
I absolutely love my cover, but i must say that the first time i saw it, I had this brief feeling of sadness--it was totally unexpected, but it was like somebody decided what my child was going to look like...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:47 Anton
4:47
Anton: 
luckily they decided the child would be gorgeous:)
Monday May 13, 2013 4:47 Anton
4:47
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Just curious why the book was published in the U.K. first.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:47 Nora - EarlyWord
4:48
Anton: 
it's not actually published in the uk--it will be published on June 6th, there. I was doing pre-pub stuff (sorry to be unclear!). the people that had read the book had all read galleys.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:48 Anton
4:48
Anton: 
i just got word from my publicist that I will be at BEA on May 30th, walking the floor at Javit's on May 30th
Monday May 13, 2013 4:48 Anton
4:49
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We will be looking for you!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:49 Nora - EarlyWord
4:49
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
So glad you will be at BEA!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:49 bookclubreader
4:49
Anton: 
i don't really know what that means, but hopefully i'll get to meet some of you!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:49 Anton
4:49
Nora - EarlyWord: 
You mentioned you're at work on another novel -- do you see this as your career now?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:49 Nora - EarlyWord
4:49
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
BEA is a great place to connect with librarians and others in the book field.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:49 bookclubreader
4:50
Anton: 
i really hope so, nora! I can't imagine wanting to do anything else. I hope I'll always teach, too--I like talking about books with a captive audience:)
Monday May 13, 2013 4:50 Anton
4:50
Nora - EarlyWord: 
We have just a few more minutes left for the chat -- time for a few final questions!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:50 Nora - EarlyWord
4:51
Anton: 
re writing as a career, sometimes i get lonely writing--i'm pretty extroverted--so that's why teaching AND writing is perfect for me!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:51 Anton
4:51
Anton: 
the idea of spending hours and hours every single day writing sounds pretty awful to me
Monday May 13, 2013 4:51 Anton
4:51
Anton: 
I like the process of writing, a lot--i find a lot of joy in it--but my attention span is not the longest in the world.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:51 Anton
4:52
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
Teaching, writing and riding sounds like a perfect type of life.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:52 bookclubreader
4:52
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Since the last photo of Anton with the big grey was such a success ... here's another, with her in full riding gear...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:52 Nora - EarlyWord
4:52
Anton: 
Yes, it does to me, too! the perfect trifecta...
Monday May 13, 2013 4:52 Anton
4:52
Nora - EarlyWord
Anton in Full Riding Gear
Monday May 13, 2013 4:52 
4:52
Anton: 
My grey horse! He was the best first horse--lazy and kind.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:52 Anton
4:53
Anton: 
I think I spent more time with him than any of my family members!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:53 Anton
4:53
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Great description -- I always feared I'd got one that was high-spirited and mean!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:53 Nora - EarlyWord
4:53
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
Great photo. You'd be easy to spot at BEA if you had a horse by your side!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:53 Andrea
4:53
[Comment From jackie-indianajackie-indiana: ] 
Very nice photo...can't wait to see what you decide to write next! Thank you for chatting.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:53 jackie-indiana
4:53
Anton: 
ha! yes, maybe a miniature pony at bea?
Monday May 13, 2013 4:53 Anton
4:53
Anton: 
I'll talk to my publisher!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:53 Anton
4:54
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Anton, you were a real trooper to do this on the heels of your trip. Thanks for joining us.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:54 Nora - EarlyWord
4:54
Anton: 
Thank you! This was fun!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:54 Anton
4:54
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
Before this closes I want to thank Penguin and Nora for these webinars. They have been so informative and helpful. In fact, after reading your book, I have passed it on the two friends who have finished it and ultimately it will end up in South Africa in my best friends hands in September.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:54 Andrea
4:54
Anton: 
I really appreciate everyone's questions!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:54 Anton
4:54
Anton: 
I love that--Yonahlossee in South Africa!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:54 Anton
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Thanks for the comment, Andrea -- great support for the program!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:55
[Comment From LucyLucy: ] 
Thank You Ms. Discalfani for chatting with us and also Thanks to Nora for hosting a great session.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:55 Lucy
4:55
Nora - EarlyWord: 
Bye, everyone. Thanks for being a lively group.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:55 Nora - EarlyWord
4:55
Catherine - Penguin: 
Thank you Anton and thank you Andrea! We wouldn't have such a great program without all of you enthusiastic librarians!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:55 Catherine - Penguin
4:55
Anton: 
yes, thanks!
Monday May 13, 2013 4:55 Anton
4:55
[Comment From bookclubreaderbookclubreader: ] 
Yes, thank you Anton. And thanks to Nora and Penguin. The program is wonderful.
Monday May 13, 2013 4:55 bookclubreader
4:56
[Comment From AndreaAndrea: ] 
Thank you all. See you at BEA
Monday May 13, 2013 4:56 Andrea