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Born: 1968-11-04
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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A lot of the drive to make narratives came from having to play by myself as a 5- or 6-year-old in the woods.

Tags: Drive, Narratives, Woods

I can't tell you how irritating it is to be an atheist in a haunted house.

Tags: Atheist, House, Tell

I completely love music. I used to be the music critic at 'The Improper Bostonian.' It's just something I've always loved very deeply.

Tags: Love, Music, Used

I feel like it's hard to get into historical novels where you know what the story is far too well.

Tags: Far, Hard, Story

I write for teens partially to work out whatever it was that I needed to from my own teenage years.

Tags: Whatever, Work, Write

It's insulting to believe that teens should have a different kind of book than an adult should.

Tags: Adult, Book, Insulting

Older teens tend to write to me and say, 'Thank you for not writing down to teenagers.'

Tags: Older, Write, Writing

Teens are not like the weird, dumb dwarves you have around your house. They are actually you when you were younger.

Tags: Actually, House, Weird

Why not write a book which is as sophisticated as a book for an adult, but is about the concerns that teenagers actually have?

Tags: Book, Why, Write

I feel like it's important every once in a while to estrange ourselves from the familiar to remind ourselves of the potentialities of people, how many different ways there are of being.

Tags: Once, Ourselves, While

I've always enjoyed that kind of thing - thinking about the production of narrative and why it is that when we read a novel, we don't notice the fact that someone who might be very close-mouthed or tight-lipped is perfectly willing to tell us a story in 600 or 700 pages.

Tags: Someone, Thinking, Why

If we're going to ask our kids at age 18 to go off to war and die for their country, I don't see any problem with asking them at age 16 to think about what that might mean.

Tags: Age, Mean, War

Occasionally people ask me how it is I write different types of things, and my answer to that is it's very natural. You get bored writing one kind of thing all the time.

Tags: Bored, Time, Writing

One of the series I like is D.M. Cornish's 'Monster Blood Tattoo,' in which he creates a whole language. Kids who are reading that are building a language in their heads. There's no real cognitive difference. I think kids are excited by language, and they're not always given credit for that.

Tags: Kids, Real, Whole

The bedroom in my apartment is far too small to hold a nightstand. There is, however, this bookshelf. Yes, I stow whatever I'm reading on the lower shelf, but more importantly, it's where I keep a collection of ghost books.

Tags: Keep, Small, Whatever

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