Hello everybody! Today, I’m thrilled to be bringing you a Q and A with Lisa Lueddecke, in honour of her newest book The City of Lost Dreamers. To my absolute shame, I’m yet to read any of Lisa’s books despite loving the sound of literally all of them, but I am absolutely aiming to get to at least a couple of them before the end of this year/next year. Anyway, enough of me rambling, onto the post!
1. What was your inspiration for the book?
My first bit of inspiration was from an image I had in my mind of a wandering city. I had to sit with it for a time and figure out why it was wandering, and how it would get home, but the pieces all began to slide into place, and I had so much fun writing it.
2. You’ve talked about how your Hungarian heritage has inspired your previous books, did it inspire you in a similar way for The City of Lost Dreamers?
Not as directly as with THE FOREST OF GHOSTS AND BONES, but I was inspired to reread myths like Baba Yaga, and build a sort of magical, folktale-inspired world.
3. How has your writing process evolved since your first book?
It’s evolved in that I’ve learned to set schedules, and I now work with deadlines. It’s less about just writing because I feel like it, and more about being intentional and sticking to a plan. I love waking up early to write. I always have. That hour or two before the sun comes up is my most creative time.
4. For people who loved The City of Lost Dreamers, what next book would you recommend?
These aren’t really that tied to anything in THE CITY OF LOST DREAMERS, but due to the elements of “finding another world” and the subtle fairytale/folklore inspirations, I would recommend THE HAZEL WOOD. And I’ve said this before, but I also deeply love ELLA ENCHANTED. I love the magic, and I’ve always wanted to write a book that gave me such a spark, like that one did.
The City of Lost Dreamers by Lisa Lueddecke is out now from Scholastic.
Thank you so much for reading! Have you read this, or any others by the author?