IN CON­VER­SA­TION WITH RAINA TELGEMEIER

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - READS - ARIEL GOR­DON

RAINA years. Ev­ery part of it was a chal­lenge, and ev­ery part of it was re­ward­ing to re­search and imag­ine and ex­plore. Step­ping away from me­moir and re­al­is­tic fic­tion was the hard­est part. Those are my favourite gen­res to read and write, so ad­ding fan­tasy and magic into my work was in­tim­i­dat­ing. Still, I’m at a point in my ca­reer where I want to stretch my wings and try new things — write far out­side of my com­fort zone. Open lots of doors and peek in­side of them. Be­cause the story deals with the idea of pro­found loss, it was also a place for me to ex­plore losses within my own life through a fic­tional lens. It was dif­fi­cult, but deeply grat­i­fy­ing to do so. “Ev­ery­thing I know in life I learned from read­ing For Bet­ter or For Worse.” It had that big of an im­pact on me.

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In Ghosts, a graphic novel for younger read­ers, two sis­ters move to north­ern Cal­i­for­nia with their fam­ily.

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Award-win­ning graphic nov­el­ist Raina Telgemeier.

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