Published by Harper Collins Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, New Experience, Social Issues, Young Adult
- Do you work your scrapbooking skills into your writing? (And) Why no Pinterest page?
Pinterest! My decision to restrain myself from having a Pinterest page is strictly work related. If I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole, my fear is that I would not get enough writing done. Or working out. Or, like, going out in the world. It’s entirely possible that I’m overestimating the allure of pinning pretty things on virtual boards. But I don’t think I am.
My love of archival scrapbooking definitely shows up in my writing now and then. Sara in When It Happens is all about the scrapbooking. Some of my actual scrapbook pages inspired hers. In terms of scrapbooking skills, I hope that each of my books shines with the kind of positive energy and creative
- I loved your character introduction video. Are you that fearless (dorktastic) in real life?
I am not ashamed to admit that I am indeed that dorktastic in real life. Perhaps even more dorktastic. If that’s even possible.
- How important is it for parents to read the same books as their children or should the kids have their “own” stories?
Parents (hopefully) read the same books as their children when the children are very young as an integral part of encouraging kids to read at a young age. The earlier kids develop a love of reading, the more likely they are to become lifelong readers. Middle grade and teen readers should have the freedom to select and read whichever books they find compelling. I don’t think their choices should be censored, ridiculed, or discouraged in any way. Sadly I hear from many teens that other kids think it’s not cool to read. If we can motivate teens to read books that appeal to them by searching for books they enjoy outside of the required reading list, they will definitely find books they connect with and realize how a love of reading can enhance every aspect of their life.