Myracle at the 2012 LA Times Festival of Books
|Born||May 15, 1969|
|Education||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.); Colorado State University (M.A.); Vermont College (MFA)|
|Genre||Young adult fiction|
Whatever you hold onto that you want to do, and that other people tell you you are foolish to want to do – don't give up.
I understand why parents worry about books – they're worried about their kids. They want to keep their kids safe. But parents aren't always realistic.
Every time I write a new book, I want to push myself to try something different.
It's neither my job nor within my capabilities to save people. But a book sure can try.
When guys talk about sex, eyebrows don't get raised. It's different for girls.
What I find cool about being a banned author is this: I'm writing books that evoke a reaction, books that, if dropped in a lake, go down not with a whimper but a splash.
Sometimes I worry I'm writing 'Fifty Shades of Grey' for teenagers, but I'm not.
Ideas matter. The world matters. Our lives matter, and the choices we make as we navigate our lives perhaps matter most of all.
I'm always drawn to the underdogs, to the people whose stories don't get told.
Kids are smart. Knowledge is power. Let them figure things out. Don't turn into that grown-up who they won't come to.
Give your kid some credit for being smart – just because they read about something doesn't mean they will do it.
I don't shy from controversy. I'm telling stories, and I'll tell whatever story seems like it wants to be told.