It was either the love of “Whose Mouse Are YOU? When very young, or when in the seventh grade when he read The Catcher in the Rye and thought that he could write like that which lead today’s guest Steve Brezenoff down the path which has eventually lead to his debut YA novel “The Absolute Value of -1”.
In between there were several other books baring Steve’s name as he was pulled in to help with various other short novels as well as his popular “Field Trip Mysteries”.
During his senior year of college, Steve took a class on creative writing where he wrote a short story called "Looking Down on Havoc" about a boy obsessed with death and very close with his big sister. Over the next 14 years, he expanded the novel, writing more scenes until he’d produced Metro magazine’s “Young Adult Book of the Year”… “The Absolute Value of -1”.
About: “The Absolute Value of -1”
Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisis—divorce, abuse, and a parent’s illness. Yet as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they slip—like soap in a shower. Noah’s got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to his friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.
The book explores the changing value of relationships as the characters realize that the distances between them are far greater than they knew.
During the show, Steve shared with us much about what lead to his debut YA novel, as well as news of his second book now called “Brooklyn, Burning", will be out in fall of 2011.
So sit back and listen to an entertaining sixty minutes as today I present "MYM A Book and a Chat with Steve Brezenoff".
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Nov 23rd Steve Brezenoff - Author of "The Absolute Value of -1", "Alley of Shadows" etc… - Tues 6:30pm EST
Nov 24th Alex - Author of "Alex reads books" blog - Wed 6:30pm EST
Nov 25th Estevan Vega - Author of "The Sacred Sin" and "Arson" - Thur 6:30pm EST
Nov 27th Allan Frewin Jones - Author of "The Faerie Path" and "The Warrior Princess" series - Sat 11:00am EST
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