WHAT IS YOUR BOOK ABOUT? 
High school thespians. Rumors. Marlon Brando. Friendship. A taxidermied puffin. Big sisters. 

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER? 
Yes, ever since I read Beverly Cleary at age seven.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE YA NOVELS? 
Feeling Sorry For Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty; I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson; Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; Girl by Blake Nelson

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE NOT-YA NOVELS? 
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich; Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides; Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood

Toronto

DOESN'T HE DISTRACT YOU WITH CAT VIDEOS AND STUFF?
Never.

DON'T YOU DISTRACT HIM WITH CAT VIDEOS AND STUFF?
Yes.

Hank and me

WHY DO YOU WRITE ABOUT TEENAGERS AND NOT GROWNUPS?
More fun.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WRITING?
I like to walk around Toronto with my husband, Dan, and our dog, Hank, the rowdiest, sweetest shepherd.

WHERE DO YOU WRITE? 
At a table in the center of my apartment, across from Dan. He writes too.

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