Rebecca asked Laurie Halse Anderson:

I've been wondering this ever since I read Speak and Wintergirls, do you have a background in Psychology? You've mentioned that your an avid researcher. Was it research that helped you capture the emotional states and self-talk of Lia (Wintergirls) and Melinda (Speak)?

Laurie Halse Anderson I had a very dysfunctional family as a teen and thus learned way too much about trauma and depression. I also did some specific research into the physiology and neurology of teens with eating disorders, in addition to many interviews with recovered patients and professionals who work with teen struggling with these issues.

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