What’s your favorite kind of food?
If it has carbs, it's in my mouth. I love fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I could probably eat that every single day.
How often do you have to scrap a story because it's just not turning out the way you want it to?
Not very often anymore. That's only because I've learned to think through my world-building before I start writing. I used to get an idea and write it until it fell apart. Now I take more time to cultivate a spark and I can usually figure out if it's going to work before I start. It still happens sometimes, but rarely.
What was one of your favorite books as a teen?
I have two-- The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton was the first book I read that featured a neighborhood like mine in it, and I just loved everything about it. I had that sucker memorized. The other was IT by Stephen King, which was the first time I realized that you could write about fictional monsters to safely talk about real, scary things.
When you were a teen, what did you want to do after high school?
I wanted to be an archaeologist! I would have specialized in the Ancient Mediterranean, with a specific focus on 18th Dynasty Egypt.
The Anderson Public Library will host the Second Annual Teen Read ‘n’ Feed Festival on Saturday, April 12. Authors Barry Lyga, Kristin Levine, Saundra Mitchell, and Brenda Maxfield will speak during sessions from 11:30am to 5:00pm.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to attend but must register or by calling 765-641-2456. Copies of I Hunt Killers and Archvillain by Barry Lyga, Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, and The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell are being distributed at school visits and at the Information Services desk while supplies last. Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore from Indianapolis will also be selling books at the Festival. Lunch will be provided to teens only thanks to a donation from Pizza Hut. The Read ‘n’ Feed Festival is also made possible by funding through a grant given to the Anderson Public Library by the Madison County Community Foundation and the Friends of Anderson Public Library.