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I like to run in a new place to help me find my way around.
I know these are going to sound like school reading-list suggestions, but if you like dystopian fiction, you should check out some of the originals: 'Anthem,' by Ayn Rand; '1984,' by George Orwell; or 'Brave New World,' by Aldous Huxley.
I kept a journal when I was a teenager, so I definitely look back on those to see how I dealt with friends and cliques and getting picked on, or boyfriend breakups.
I did steal socks, but I got caught... don't shoplift, anyone - don't do it! You're just gonna get caught.
Secrets are very intriguing - I always think that's an interesting theme.
'The Glass Castle' by Jeannette Walls is the quintessential dysfunctional family.
Seeing 'Pretty Little Liars' fans adapt and create their own stories is both exciting and flattering, and I think what Amazon Publishing is offering through Kindle Worlds is a great way to reward their ingenuity.
I really like reading about how families work together.
I was not tormented in any way; I was never even bullied. I had a nice teenage life.
My sister and I visited Iceland in 2001, and I incorporated it into 'Pretty Little Liars.'
I do a lot of revising on paper. Sometimes I think I should just write longhand - what I type reads very different once I print it out.
I am not an actress.
I do a lot of brainstorming with my editors.
I love books about dysfunctional families.
I think I'll stick with psychological thrillers.
Judy Blume especially sort of broke the boundaries of what is appropriate and what should be written about - what teenagers are actually doing.
My family often travels to New York City during the holidays, and that's always a good time.
Sometimes I hear a voice - sometimes it's the voice of someone I know. And sometimes that leads to a character, which leads to a story.
With teenagers, the emotions are higher and things are more dramatic. That doesn't mean adults don't also act like children in their own way.
I am a big outliner. For my adult book, 'The Visibles,' I did not outline, and it took me two years to write because I just didn't outline, and I had no path.
For me, writing for younger audiences and writing for adults uses two different halves of my brain.
I find coming up with a title the hardest part of writing a novel.
I primarily read fiction, and I read a good many wonderful books while writing 'The Visibles.'
I probably write best in my office, which is an extra bedroom in my house.
I was just over high school, and I was kind of artsy.
If my characters travel somewhere, I generally write about a place I know to give the scenes more authenticity.
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