IN CONVERSATION WITH RAINA TELGEMEIER
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.
In Ghosts, a graphic novel for younger readers, two sisters move to northern California with their family.
Award-winning graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier.