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Jeff Hirsch

Alumnus, 1986 and 1988

Jeff Hirsch attended the Workshop in fiction in 1986 and poetry in 1988.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

My wife and I lived in NYC for about six years until we both switched to the freelance writer life and realized we could live anywhere we wanted. We chose upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley!

Where are you working and what do you enjoy about it?

I am, and it never ceases to amaze me, a full time writer. I like pretty much everything about it.

What do you find yourself most often reading/listening to lately and why?

Well, as I write this I’m listening to Tegan & Sara’s new album and it’s great as always. Also currently immersed in Jack White’s “Blunderbus”. Last good book I read was Stephen King’s 1½2/63. Last really good book was Gone Girl.  Last great book was How I Live Now.

What are you working on right now and what does it represent in the larger body of your artistic accomplishments?

I’m working on two books at the moment. One is a young adult novel called The Darkest Path, which will be published by Scholastic in the fall of ’13. Also finishing the first draft of a new 39 Clues novel (it’s a middle grade series) which will be published in early ’14.Both are, I hope, examples of my efforts to write engaging and fast-paced genre novels  that have something to say and feature strong characters.

What are your publications, performances, albums, and/or achievements that seem most important to you at this point in time?

Probably the publication of the first novel, The Eleventh Plague, about a year ago. Before that I was on the very edge of throwing up my hands when it came to the whole writing thing. I literally could not imagine a future where I was going to make it happen. And then it did.

How would you characterize the influence of your YWW experience in your life?

It was HUGE. It was the first time in my life when I was surrounded by people who liked and valued the same things I did. It seriously validated what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. So, uh, thanks for that.

What’s the best advice you can give a Young Writer (in general or in your specific genre)?

Think about writing like athletes think about training, do it every single day. Devote yourself to it. Study it. And have fun. It’s supposed to be fun.

Tell us more!

I’ve also published two novels before the two getting ready to come out. The Eleventh Plague and Magisterium. Both were published by Scholastic. The Eleventh Plague was on the USA Today bestseller list. Magisterium was a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Where can we find you online?