I’m the author of three books—a short story collection Beautiful Girls (MacAdam/Cage), and the young adult novels Rosie and Skate (Random House), which was selected for the New York Times Editors’ Choice list and Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels for Youth, and Jersey Angel (Random House) forthcoming in May 2012. I’ve been awarded fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. I live in New York City but will always be a Jersey girl at heart.
What’s the upside of being a writer?
Staying in my pajamas until 3:00 PM
What’s the downside of being a writer?
Not getting out of my pajamas until 3:00 PM
What does all this mean?
I need better pjs, I think.
My lofty (forgive me) thoughts on writing:
Writing is hard. Writing well is harder. To give voice to someone’s experience is a big and daunting challenge. Sometimes I don’t like writing at all. When it’s going badly it’s frustrating, boring, lonely. Sometimes I love it. I love how I can get lost in it, how it enlivens me. I think it’s good for my soul. Any work, not only creative work, that uses us, demands from us, is good for us. It’s what we’re here to do—spend ourselves.
Some of the coolest places I’ve been:
Kenya, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Tangier, Denali National Park, Mumbai
Some of my favorite things:
Dogs (big dogs), meatballs, swing dancing/lindy hop, the Jersey shore
Some of my favorite novels:
The Member of the Wedding
Some of my favorite YA novels:
Catcher in the Rye
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Some of my favorite children’s books:
Harriet the Spy
Bridge to Terabithia
Anything by Kate DiCamillo