Today we welcome Laura Jackson, author and librarian, to 3 Questions Wednesday.
(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]
Laura: Sold by Patricia McCormick. It’s free verse poetry and shares the story of a young girl sold into sex slavery in India. Quite moving.
(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?
Laura: Great question! I’d walk into one of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley books. The whole series is fantastic, and I’d love to be friends with the characters. Or even better, be a part of the family.
(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Laura: Just yesterday, I was looking up flight prices to Boston. I’ve been a few times and really want to spend a day there and then head to Nantucket.
Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn’t get it. She always does the right thing – doesn’t God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.
About Laura: I love books.Back in third grade, my cousins teased me because I was reading a very thick book about the battle of New Orleans. I don’t remember anything about that battle now, but I remember wondering why they didn’t want to read it.
After graduating with a BA in English and history (where I didn’t learn anything about that battle of New Orleans), I taught 7th grade language arts for eight years. That’s where I fell in love with YA books.
Wanting to share my passion for books with more kids, I earned a Master of Library Science degree and switched to an elementary school. I loved sharing great books with kids, but I missed writing with my students.
So, I started writing on my own. My first book was a flop, and I didn’t even finish it. Then, Ellie kept popping up in my head, and I had to write her story. Worth the Wait was released on 2-4-14.