It’s always interesting to read about a writer’s process. In the case of Kersti Niebruegge, by day a footage researcher for Late Night with Seth Meyers, the path to her YA debut Mistake Wisconsin was most ingenious.
As explained recently by the proud Badger State native to Wisconsin Sate Journal books editor Jeanne Kolker:
“I wanted to write something funny that takes place in Wisconsin, that called out Wisconsin eccentricities in a really loving way,” she said. She wrestled with that idea for a while, and “one day I sat down to write a tourist brochure for a small town that I was picturing in my head.”
Once the brochure was written, she asked herself: Who lives in a place like this? Who passes through this town? And that brochure — which advertises the Friday fish fry at the Chitchat Supper Club and the weekly lutefisk feasts at the Mistake Lutheran Church — became the first chapter of her book.
Before joining Late Night at the show’s inception, Niebrugge, a 2003 UW-Madison journalism graduate, worked for Conan in Los Angeles and the BBC here in New York.
[Jacket cover via: kerstiniebruegge.com]