A bestselling author who also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode, Baggott has published 16 books in the past decade. Film rights for her forthcoming novel Pure, the first of a postapocalyptic trilogy, have been acquired by Fox 2000. This week Baggott, 41, is leading a young adult writing workshop at the Writers in Paradise conference at Eckerd College, and she will participate in the public reading series at 8 p.m. Tuesday. (See Book Talk, Page 8L.) A creative writing professor at Florida State University, Baggott lives in Tallahassee with her husband, David G.W. Scott, and their four children.
What's on your nightstand?
A young adult book, Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder. I also just finished Laura Lippman's I'd Know You Anywhere. I read that book at night, and her books always have thriller twists to them and I'm easily scared. I'm also reading The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back by Charles Pellegrino.
Why are you reading Last Train?
I'm reading it since I'm working on the postapocalyptic story. It includes a lot of firsthand accounts of (people) who survived Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb … It's amazing. He breaks time down to the beats of a fly's wing, so you can get an idea of how quickly things happened.
Is it easy for you to recall what your favorite book was when you were a child?
I loved Roald Dahl. I remember James and the Giant Peach was read aloud to me in school, in second grade. I liked his oddness.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer