“Times change but feelings never do,” Bob Cormier told me more than 30 years ago. He was a writer famous for his novels for young adults (“The Chocolate War” and “I Am the Cheese” were both made into feature films), and I was a semi-young adult, thirtysomething and just starting to write.
I was freelancing for the Patriot Ledger the summer I discovered Cormier. In three months, I devoured everything he had published: his short stories, adult novels, kids novels, his columns.
I loved how he told a story and I loved how he used words. So I wrote to him and asked if I could interview him. He wrote his reply on an old typewriter on thin erasable bond, his name and address embossed in brown at the top (brown was his favorite color, though I didn’t know that then). He said, “Thank you for your letter” and “I’d be happy to meet you” and “My telephone number is. . . . ”
And the next week I drove to his home in Leominster.
He introduced me to his wife, Connie, showed me the small, doorless home office in which he wrote. Then we sat in his living room and talked.
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