Turn off the lights, lock the doors, and grab a flashlight, because Epic Reads is coming at you with the scariest books in YA. You know how in scary movies they ALWAYS try to find out the source of the terrifying noise outside the window? These books are kind of like that: you have to keep reading even if you have the chills. ‘Tis the season to be creeped out, so read on…
An author favorite opens up about teen life, books, and defying expectations.
Interview by Julie Bartel
Please describe your teenage self.
As a teen, I was pretty much a loner. I had a few close friends, I suppose, but being so much younger than my classmates in high school was a social obstacle that was difficult to overcome. I read a lot, but came into reading later in high school. And I wrote all the time.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I still don’t know if I can say why. It was just something that I felt like I had to do. Jobs and employment—a means of simply making money—never really mattered to me at all, and I never once thought I would make a job out of writing until I was challenged by a friend into giving it a go.
What were your high school years like?
I attended high school in Southern California. I also played soccer when I was in high school (don’t hold that against me). I will say that I don’t really have any significant or inspiring adult influences in my background, but one time when I wrote a short story for an English teacher, she gave me an F on it because she said there was no way that a kid my age could ever write a story like that, so, therefore it must have been plagiarized. That made an impact on me. Also, I still remember the story. Oh boy! It was terrible!
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