Inspired by Sports
Mike Lupica, a prominent sports writer, syndicated columnist, and author, visited Words Bookstore to talk about his middle grade chapterbooks. In the Zach and Zoe Mysteries, a twin brother-sister duo solve sports-related mysteries. Lupica “always loved mysteries that made you want to sleep with the light on.”
Lupica said writing for young readers was not in his thought process, but that his young adult novel Travel Team changed his life. Zach and Zoe are the kids of Travel Team’s main character and, in a way, his kids. Lupica shared many stories of his own children, particularly how his life as a writer changed when his son was cut from a team.” A big part of the appeal of his books, Lupica said, is that “sports is a memory-making business.”
I loved what he had to say about writing kidlit.
Page one, chapter one is more magical and powerful than all the electronics.
Characters get knocked down. It’s how you get back that tells the world all about you.
My books are about loyalty, friendship and teamwork.
Once a good idea gets inside your head, it’s impossible to get it out.