'Hunger' talk offers food for thought

"That one has me rubbing my hands with glee," said Kessler, who gets a kick out of the Death character.

Despite all that writing, Kessler does have a day job. She is the copy chief for a business management journal, a role in which she's a stickler for grammar, consistency and style.

"I'm convinced being a copy chief has helped my creative writing," she said. "It's forced me to examine each word."

When writing the horsemen trilogy, Kessler was as careful about the words she didn't use as the ones she did. At 40, she feels she can still relate to teenage main characters " "I think I stopped maturing at 16" " but she realizes she no longer talks like one.

"I stayed away from slang, because I want to avoid sounding like a 40-year-old trying to sound like a 16-year-old," she said.

She's eager to meet fans both young and old " Kessler has also written some adult novels " at the library. She said she and other authors thrive on validation, but she also tries to take something from people who criticize her work.

"Positive or negative feedback is genuinely rewarding," she said.

Kessler's talk is free.""

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