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FAQS

What is Smashed about?

It’s really a story about trying to fill a hole in your life, in your emotional life, and making the wrong choices as you try to do that. Katie’s dad, an alcoholic, abandoned her family when she was twelve, and her mother is never around.  She’s basically on her own, with the help of a couple of good friends, and a mentor in her high school field hockey coach, but it’s not enough. After she gets involved with Alec, Katie tries to get herself back on track, but one night she makes a mistake she can’t take back, and when lies follow to cover it up, things get out of control.  She hits a pretty low bottom, but she also is given an opportunity to change.

One sixteen year old who read an ARC wrote me and said this:

“The novel was blatantly honest, not glossing over language or situations or other such details.  Although I myself am a clean kid where all sorts of drugs and alcohol are concerned, I recognized the truth in Katie's character and in the characters around her.  The whole story--its layout and execution, so to speak, are in fact for fans of Speak, but the novel itself is carried out in a way unlike anything else I've read.  In general, I loved all of the characters-- and saw something familiar in each of them, even Alec.”

For more, and to read the first few pages of the book, visit the About the Book section on this website.

How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

When I was seventeen, I was in a terrifying car accident. My best friend and I were asked by a teacher to go on a school errand. We were in my friend’s car and he was driving.  It was a cold, wet, November day, and a slushy snow was building up on windy back road in Maine. My friend was a careful driver; we were only going 30 miles an hour—I remember looking at the speedometer.  But as we were going around a corner, the slush took hold of the wheels of the car and pulled us into the other lane, just as a car was coming toward us.  My friend tried to gain control of the car, to get us back on our side of the road, and we started to turn in that direction. The last thing I remember was thinking we were going to miss that car by an inch…When I came to, there was blood splattered down the front of my sweater and I thought my friend might be dead.

We were both fine, but that moment wouldn’t leave me for many years. Writing about a difficult time can be cathartic, but I didn’t want to write about that accident. I have no interest in writing memoir. And that particular incident didn’t have the characteristics of a compelling story—it was simply bad luck, bad timing, bad weather. 

But I began to do what-ifs…What if an accident was someone’s fault?  What if the driver was drunk?  And what if the passenger, who was hurt, was not a friend, but someone the driver didn’t even like?  Someone she was trying to get away from?  As I asked these questions, a situation emerged that interested me, and that’s what I need—a situation that is complex enough to keep me interested as a writer.

Once I have a compelling situation, I ask the essential questions about character:  Who would find themselves in the particular situation?  Why?  Why doesn't she like the guy who's in the car with her?  Why is she trying to get away from him? The characters emerge from asking questions like these that relate to the situation.

Where do you find inspiration?

Mainly in the natural world.  I think and write best while I’m hiking or walking in the countryside near my home. When I’m out there, I problem solve my current story.  Mull over whatever it is that I’m struggling with. Everything begins to get unstuck, to flow, and then a scene will come to me.  If I like it, I rehearse it again and again in my mind, and when I get home I’m ready to write. 

What authors have influenced you?

Every author I read influences me.  There is a cummulative effect.

BUt Robert Cormier & S.E Hinton’s YA books had a particularly great influence on me, especially The Chocolate War and The Outsiders.  I wanted to write books that had the heart of Hinton’s books and the edge of Cormier’s.  He’s gone now, but he’s still one of the best writers in the YA field. Interestingly, neither of them wrote about girls (Cormier did in one book, but said he found it very difficult.)  I knew I wanted to honestly portray girls’ lives in the pages of my books.

When did you start writing?

I starting writing things down at age eight, kept my first journal (we called them diaries then) in sixth grade, and have been more or less keeping one ever since. I wrote my first personal narratives and fiction in high school because two of my teachers assigned them. I fell in love immediately. Thank you Mr. Welch (Larry) and Ms. Tindall (Barb) for both assigning them and encouraging my efforts!

Are you working on another book? Will it be a follow-up to Smashed?

Yes and no. I’m working on a new novel,  about a girl, Skye Allerton, who loses her mother at thirteen. The bulk of the story takes place two years later and is told alternately by Skye and another girl, Becca, with whom she’s recently become friends. They are very different and developing their separate voices has been a big part of both the fun and the challenge of drafting the book. It is set in Deerfield, Maine, the setting for Smashed, but the characters are totally different. There is lots of drama, but I don’t want to give anything away!

How do you pronounce your name?

Thanks for asking! Be assured that almost no one gets it right on first attempt. Here is how it sounds: LOO-deck-ee. Many people want to put the emphasis on the DECK, but the accent is most emphatically on the LOO.

Have question that's not answered here?  Write me at lisa.lue@hotmail.com.