Samantha asked Robin Brande:

How did you come up with the idea for The Good Lie?

Robin Brande Hi, Samantha. Thanks for your question. The Good Lie is an example of authors writing about the things that make them mad. I feel very, very strongly about the rights of children and teenagers to control their own bodies. I get very angry at stories in the news about adults who have abused their positions of power and control--whether they are parents, teachers, clergymen, etc.--to commit horrible crimes against young people.

The lawyer in the book, Angela Peligro, is based on a lawyer I know who made a career of suing people and institutions who committed abuse against children. I know a lot of people in the community found her tactics too harsh and aggressive, but I really admire what she did. I admire people who stand up for children.

In the same way, I'm sure there are some readers who won't like the outcome of The Good Lie, but it stems from a very protective policy I have when I write my books: nobody messes with my girls.

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