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My training to be a writer of teen fiction consisted of the following:
1.Being a teenager. Great fun, but definitely not for sissies. Rampaging hormones, social pressures, horrific fashion mistakes . . . My teen years were mainly spent trying, unsuccessfully, to copy hairstyles of famous female pop figures. However, I did manage to make some truly profound observations of teenage-hood. It’s just too bad I didn’t understand them until years later.
2.Writing. All the time, anytime. While I was growing up, you would find underneath my bed, among the detritus of discarded clothes and cookie wrappers, several spiral notebooks full of short... Read More