What made you want/ feel a pull to write about troubled teens?
As a teen who has first hand experience with the types of situations you've written about, it made a huge impact on me. Especially because a lot of the emotional turmoil and the way we interact with adults was extremely accurate within your novels.
I write the books that I craved when I was a teen. I faced some tough circumstances when I was younger and I had friends who faced even tougher situations than I did. I often remember feeling paralyzed as how to help them.
I was desperate for hope and one day I read S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and my life changed. For the first time, I saw a reflection of myself in a book and in a world where I felt desperately alone--I didn't feel alone anymore.
My goal has been to write the books that show no matter how tough the situation may be that there is always hope.