What would you do if your life was a series of battles to be fought, between you and your body? How would you handle the crushing weight of a prognosis that threatens to separate you from your peers, that seems intent on holding you back [...]
A couple months ago, I had the surreal experience of walking into a Manhattan Barnes & Noble and finding my second novel, Timekeeper, on the Teen New Releases shelf along with Kirsten Smith’s second book, Trinkets. Seeing your book on the shelf is a pinch-me moment no [...]
When Stephen King came up with his first great idea, his debut novel Carrie, he paved the way for many of us YA authors through his realization that nothing fits supernatural phenomena quite like adolescence. Everything changes so rapidly in our teen years, from our bodies [...]
If you had the opportunity to see your own future, would you take it? This is a question I wrestled with a lot while writing my YA novels, Timeless and Timekeeper (Random House), which tell the story of a girl who can travel back and forth through time — and whose actions constantly impact the world around her. As I put my characters in these surreal situations, I often asked myself, on a real-world level: Would it really be an advantage to know what lies ahead in life? Or would it more than likely lead down a messy rabbit hole of trying to change your destiny? What I came away with was a method for using the idea of time-travel to improve our lives and bring us the destiny we want and choose — right now.