I was lying in bed this morning trying to remember the last young adult novel I read in which the main character didn’t have at least one dead or dramatically absent parent. I couldn’t think of one. Here’s my list of recent YA reading (mostly by Australian authors): Talk under water (which I just started) … More Why are there so many dead parents in young adult fiction?
I didn’t used to have trouble with endings. I remember one of the first stories I wrote. I typed it up on an actual typewriter on our kitchen table and illustrated it by hand and took into school. I was maybe eight years old. I guess it was a homework assignment, or else I was … More She showed early promise