She describes her inspiration for The Giver:
Inspiration for The Giver came when Lowry realized her elderly father had forgotten the death of his eldest child.
"I was thinking a lot about how that must be kind of nice for him not to have to remember the worst thing in his life," said Lowry, whose 20-something sister died of cancer in 1962. "But, of course, that's what goes into making us what we are."
Lowry is blogging at Lowry Updates. She will be in Houston this weekend.