Sadie Hoagland, author of STRANGE CHILDREN, interviewed in Hasty Book List!

Author I draw inspiration from: Toni Morrison. I’ve always loved her work, but watching the documentary about her and realizing that she wrote many of her books while working fulltime as an editor AND being a single mother to two young boys, that is (insert expletive here) amazing. Besides that superhuman aspect of her biography, I think in many ways she taught me what writing could do, what a novel could do. That you could keep the reader reading not by teasing them with what is going to happen next, but with the exquisite beauty of sentences. There is a fearlessness in her work that gives me the chills, and it’s hard not to feel inspired by that.