I’m a former North Dakota farm girl, former television reporter, and former Capitol Hill press secretary turned young adult fiction writer.
I write books for young adults because I believe this is the moment in our lives when anything is possible and everything is vivid, sharp and memorable.
Each phase of life has it’s own reward, but when we’re teenagers we feel everything more deeply, because we’re feeling it for the first time. Especially love.
I read a lot of other fantastic Young Adult writers. But I also read a lot of non-fiction. Real stories about real people and their experiences inspire me to write. I put down the newspaper every morning and then wonder, “What if….”
That’s the question that gives our imagination permission to wander into strange places with interesting people and create memorable stories. “What if…” opens the magic door to great stories and great writing.