I'm always hopeful. I feel like I'm at the prom sitting against the wall waiting for someone to ask me to dance.
Teenagers are a great audience and they are fearless about asking what they want to know.
I think my mother characters have changed a lot since Sasha was born, just because I understand what a hard job it is now, and I'm coming at it from another angle - like you just love and care about this person so much, and just want to protect them from everything.
When I was a teen, I was never really into the captain of the football team or the student body president. The guys I liked were quirky and different: They listened to music I'd never heard of, never had lunch or gas money, and could always make you laugh.
I love writing about the summer between high school and college. It's the last gasp of really being a teen.
I'm famously secretive about my work. Nobody reads my books till they're finished.
I don't live in New York or California. I'm in the grocery store, at the park with my kids, and I'm a normal person. I'm feeding my chickens and agonizing about my next book!
I love YA, and it's been a really good fit for me. But at some point, I would like to try something else: a collection of short stories, or writing about something other than high school. A lot has happened to me since I was eighteen.
I think part of the problem sometimes is that there's so much happening in my books, to whittle it down into a single script is hard.
I was born in 1970 in Illinois, but all the life I remember I've spent in Chapel Hill, N.C.
I was so thrilled that I was having a girl, because I just am so girly myself, but I think the teenage years are going to be very interesting.
I can't sit and twiddle my thumbs. I have to start writing even if it's miserable some days.
I've been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember.
I just started to put texting and phones in my books. I want my books to be read 20 years from now; I don't want them to be dated.
If I had to pick, I'd say my favorite book is 'A Prayer For Owen Meany', by John Irving.
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