Why I thought I would make a good scientist
Three high school teachers I admired contributed to the idea I could be a scientist: my biology teacher, who devised experiments designed to appeal to teenagers (making our own soap or peanut brittle), his student teacher (who had served in Vietnam and tossed out the curriculum in favor of us holding hands in a circle in a darkened room while talking about our feelings), and my honors chemistry teacher (who did things like light his shirt on fire to prove ... something).
Reality meets fantasy, reality wins
Cut to fall term, freshman year of college. Based on my A in honors chemistry in high school (totally undeserved - the teacher dropped hints every time I started to give a wrong answer), I was enrolled Biochem 204H. I was under the erroneous impression that class wasn’t being held the first day, so I didn’t show up until late in the class period. By that time they had already checked out equipment, been assigned a lab partner, watched a safety video, and performed an experiment.
I dropped the class a week later.
My secret dream
But I had never met an author. I figured they were from big cities, went to boarding school, spoke French, and probably owned a beautiful horse they showed while wearing jodhpurs (a garment I had never seen, but which seemed to feature prominently in books).
Writers were most certainly not girls who had grown up in a little logging town in Oregon. Girls who never wrote for the school paper, who weren’t in advanced English, who weren’t anything special at all.
Dream becomes reality
Now, 15 years later, my 15th book, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, has just come out.
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that two men are arguing over whether or not to kill her.
And that she must run.
Booklist says: "If you liked Girl, Stolen, you’ll love Henry’s latest tale of abduction, escape, and paranoia. ... Henry is a dependable best-selling force in both adult and YA worlds, and this book is tailor-made to please her fan base." And Kirkus calls it "an adrenaline rush" and says the "direct, first-person narration make the Hollywood-blockbuster–like story pulsate."