I can't tell you how irritating it is to be an atheist in a haunted house.
We love fantasy novels in which the characters think that they're peasants but turn out to be princes and kings.
If we're going to ask our kids at age 18 to go off to war and die for their country, I don't see any problem with asking them at age 16 to think about what that might mean.
The bedroom in my apartment is far too small to hold a nightstand. There is, however, this bookshelf. Yes, I stow whatever I'm reading on the lower shelf, but more importantly, it's where I keep a collection of ghost books.
It's insulting to believe that teens should have a different kind of book than an adult should.
A lot of the drive to make narratives came from having to play by myself as a 5- or 6-year-old in the woods.
I completely love music. I used to be the music critic at 'The Improper Bostonian.' It's just something I've always loved very deeply.
Older teens tend to write to me and say, 'Thank you for not writing down to teenagers.'
I don't want to go out hunting for dismal topics to write about.
I feel like it's hard to get into historical novels where you know what the story is far too well.
I think kids are excited by language, and they're not always given credit for that.
I was someone who really loved fantasy novels and science fiction novels.
I write for teens partially to work out whatever it was that I needed to from my own teenage years.
It's a very 18th-century thing to have a book broken into several volumes.
Teens are not like the weird, dumb dwarves you have around your house. They are actually you when you were younger.
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