Welcome to Rosa Sophia as she regales us with how she created Clara, the heroine of OVER THE IVY WALL.
Creating Clara, the Unusual Teenager
By Rosa Sophia
At the library one day, I overheard a woman talking about her young son: “He doesn’t read. My daughter reads. It’s boys, you know. Boys just don’t read. You have to force them.”
This generalization irked me and got me thinking about my own upbringing with my little brother, Miles. We were both readers, and this didn’t have to do with any kind of generalization. It was our surroundings. We grew up somewhat isolated, and spent much of our time at our grandmother’s house while our mother worked. We did not watch television outside of Sesame Street, and once the show was over, the TV was turned off. There were books everywhere, and that’s what we had to entertain us. Miles grew into a scholarly young man, even authoring a book on martial arts under the name M.D. Holden (entitled Sphere of Influence: An Approach to Self-Defense). We both became readers and writers, and I partially attribute this to the way we grew up—surrounded by books.