I don't have the life of a famous person. But I do feel like I've been able to connect with a lot of people.
A tree is such a rich metaphor in a million beautiful ways. You can consider a tree growing and consider its connectedness to all things above and under the ground.
As much as I'm drawn to writing about teenage girls, I like the idea of having the freedom to branch out and write about different ages, for different ages.
Developing characters is a strange thing. In the beginning they are abstract and I wonder how to move on from there.
The distinction has blurred between young adult and adult books. Some of the teen books have become more sophisticated.
When I turned fifteen, I remember my father gave me a credit card which I was allowed to use for two things: emergencies and books.
Gestating characters feels something like the mental equivalent of gestating a baby. In both cases, to create them you lose yourself. Or at least you reshape yourself to encompass them.