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Who are you?
I write books for young adults (though adults read them, too). I have an MFA in Poetry from the University of Minnesota.
Is Girl in Pieces about you?
--I like to say I gave Charlie my scars and some of my thoughts and feelings about self-harm and depression, but her story is fiction. (Please read the author's note at the back of the book.)
Your books talk about depression, addiction, self-harm, and lots of other difficult things. Where can I go to get help if I'm struggling?
Crisis Text Line
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The Trevor Project
National Runaway Safeline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Do you have tips for aspiring writers?
--Believe in the story you want to tell. If you're writing, you're a writer. Call yourself that. Write a little every day. Read a lot of books. Listen to music. Watch movies. Believe in yourself.
Will you read my manuscript?
--I'm a writer, not an editor. I'm sorry!
Will there be movies based on your books?
--Maybe someday! Lots of great people are trying to make this happen.
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