The Necromancer books center around Sam LaCroix, who thinks he’s an ordinary teen until he finds out he’s actually a powerful necromancer, and the only other necromancer in town wants him dead—NOW. Here, Lish writes about her fans, many of whom aren’t teens!
Teen or Adult?
I’m often surprised at the questions I get. So I decided to write this post about the questions that I found to be the strangest, oddest, funniest or most surprising--but I thought we’d play a game.
So welcome to “Teen or Adult?” Below you’ll see the questions and you can guess whether they came from an teen or an adult. Or you can be lazy and keep reading and not guess at all. I’m pretty lazy myself, so no judgment here, friends.
1) Are you famous?
2) Were you really raised by wolves?
3) Do you own any lawn gnomes?
Did you guess? If you’re lazy, did you pause for a second to get a drink of water and pretend like you were guessing? I did. Well, either way, pencils down.
I’ve been asked this a few times, often at school events. I think they’re gauging whether or not it’s worth their time to listen to me or whether they should be daydreaming about ponies or soccer (or ponies playing soccer) instead. I’m a daydreamer, so I’m totally ok with either choice. These kinds of questions are one of many reasons I love talking to young people. They cut straight to the chase.
This question stems from my bio. I dislike writing bios. They’re boring. So I mostly write bios with precious little biographical information in them. Naturally, people find this confusing, and sometimes I need to clarify things. Like when I received a nice email from a teen wondering if it was true that I was raised by wolves, and I had to politely tell her no, and if I had, she would have read about it in the paper. But then, who reads the paper anymore?
When I informed them that I did not own any lawn gnomes, they told me that they owned several, all of them reading. This, I thought, put a lot of pressure on their lawn gnomes and I suggested that maybe they should cut their gnomes some slack and get that one that’s taking a nap against the toadstool.They were polite, but I don’t think they agreed with me. I now own a few gnomes, and none of them are reading. But one of them is riding a snail.
So there you go. Did you guess correctly? Gold medals all around! Please, for my enjoyment and sanity, keep your questions coming!