New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 83

ing young adult novels? Are there any books you read as a kid that truly stuck with you? I have to admit, I sort of stumbled into it. I wrote what I thought was a comedic comingof-age story, and my agent was the one who told me it was YA. I was pretty young myself at that point, and I just wasn’t savvy enough to say “oh, of course we should market this book about teenagers for teenagers.” It all seems obvious in retrospect, but with the first book, I didn’t sit down and say “and now I shall write YA.” I thought I was writing a zany Catcher in the Rye. Or, like, a book version of “Rock and Roll High School.” But then as I approached rewrites, yeah, I started thinking back to the YA books that really made an impression on me as a kid. I was a huge fan of Cynthia Voigt’s Tillerman books when I was young, as well as Gordon Korman, Francesca Lia Block, The ultimate website for the movie fan! 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 83