But really, by the time I was 15+, I was pretty much over in the adult section.
When I got my Master’s, I took the face-first plunge into full-time writing. I was working on adult fiction, and amassing that really snazzy collection of rejection slips that everybody gets when they first start writing. In order to pay my bills, I started teaching music lessons out of the house. It was the perfect setup: I’d write all day, then, when the kids got out of school, I’d teach lessons until dinnertime.
I thought those lessons would be a means to a financial end. But then…
The kids were just so familiar. We’d had a bit of a technological revolution, and I kind of expected them to be savvier. But they could have been kids from my own pre-tech ‘80s and ‘90s classrooms.
And then, around the same time (in part because of that connection to my students), I drifted to the YA shelves in the library. I discovered Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK. And Sarah Dessen. And suddenly, I was drafting my own YA.
I never would have thought those music students of mine would have given me a new career direction. But I’ll forever be glad that they sent me back to that YA section…
|That's my first book, A BLUE SO DARK, on the shelf of B&N back in 2010.|