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Meet the Author: Sandra Waugh, author of Lark Rising

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Art, Music, & Recreation Department,
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The LA Teen Author Series returns to Central Library on Saturday, February 14 at 2pm with a panel of authors that includes Susan Adrian (Tunnel Vision), April Lindner (Love, Lucy), Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Amy Talkington(Liv, Forever), and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising). Copies of their books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of the Library Store.

Sandra Waugh’s Lark Rising kicks off an exciting new fantasy series, The Guardians of Tarnac. Lark is a quiet girl, a little bit sheltered, a little bit of a homebody, but when she has a vision that predicts the slaughter of her entire village by creatures called Troths, her peaceful life is thrown into upheaval. The only ones who can save her village are the Riders, and Lark bravely sets out to find them and beg for their help. However, when she finally tracks them down, it turns out that the Riders need Lark as much as she needs them, and her own destiny is far more extraordinary than she’d imagined.

We talked Shakespeare, romance, and Mary Shelley with Sandra. You can learn more about her and Lark Rising this Saturday at 2pm.

What is your favorite love story and why?

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It is a story, however wrecked, of first love--the sweetest, most reckless love of all. The play is unabashedly romantic, the language exquisite, their passion all-consuming and utterly radiant (“Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,/Take him and cut him out in little stars,/And he will make the face of heaven so fine/That all the world will be in love with night/ And pay no worship to the garish sun.”). Such words just take my breath.

What is the most romantic gesture that’s ever been made on your behalf?

This comes from a time when I was living in New York City. My best friend and I had planned to go to Central Park for a concert on the Great Lawn, picnic dinner and all that. That evening, unfortunately, it literally monsooned, so everything was cancelled. However, my friend showed up at my door unexpected—proceeded to spread a picnic blanket on the floor of my studio, produce food, wine, paper plates, and—the piéce de resistance—tiny plastic ants that he’d picked up from a novelty store. The ants totally got me. I married him. He’s still my best friend.

If you could be any Shakespearean character, who would you pick?

I’ll pick Viola from Twelfth Night. She’s not the ultimate choice from an acting standpoint, but as a character… wow! How incredibly strong and self-sufficient and clever she is! Viola survives a shipwreck, suffers the (supposed) loss of her only family, and yet, destitute, she picks herself up and figures out how to make her way in foreign territory. She charms, she woos, she manipulates, she falls in love, all the while masquerading as a boy, and she has her happy ending. Perfect YA.

If you could spend the day with one writer from history, who would it be and why?

Can I make it a particular day? I would be with Mary Shelley on Lake Geneva in the spring/summer of 1816—imagining the stormy evening with Percy Bysse Shelley, Lord Byron, Claire and Polidori, when conversation and wine and nightmare inspired her to write Frankenstein.