I’m so happy to kick off a week of celebrating the publication of Adam’s remarkable middle-grade novel, The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB, with an interview with Adam’s remarkable agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette. Enjoy! And be sure to tune in for a whole week of FIBby fun!
Calista: How did you find Adam — or how did he find you? Was the Unbelievable FIB the book he queried you with?
Ammi-Joan: I first met Adam through a manuscript critique at the NESCBWI conference. His writing voice captivated me right from those very intriguing opening pages of THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB. I knew right from the start there was something truly special in his work. We didn’t sign together right away, but that opening stayed with me over the months to come – and that’s the truest sign of when I know I’ve found a winner 🙂
Calista: Did you guys do a lot of work on The Unbelievable FIB together before you started sending it out to editors?
Ammi-Joan: Adam is a terrific reviser, and one thing I really admire is his ability to take in council and advice, and use it to craft his own best version of the story. In this case he did some terrific revision on FIB before it sold – mostly refining the story direction and bringing together the elements within this incredible world that he’d created.
Calista: Who’s your favorite character in the book?
Ammi-Joan: I confess to having a soft spot for Pru. She’s so mischievous and inquisitive – the kind of character who makes you want to follow her wherever she’ll go.
Calista: Who’s the perfect reader for the book?
Ammi-Joan: Honestly? I think this book has something for everybody. My first thought upon reading it was that it had the feel of a “modern classic”—one of those books that you just know will still be on shelves in 10, 20, or 50 years, still a bookshelf staple, sparking the imagination and warming the heart. If you haven’t tried it yet, just read the first chapter. You’ll see what I mean.
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Calista Brill is a writer and editor based in New York City. During the day she edits award-winning graphic novels, and at night she writes stories for children about pixies, pirates, princesses, and pterodactyls. Her first picture book will be published by HarperCollins in 2016.