Jessica asked Ruta Sepetys:

Sveiki Rūta! Thank you for your wonderful books! Just wondering, as a fellow Lithuanian-American, how much growing up in Lithuanian culture, with its stress on learning/education, affects your writing process and especially the inherent research? Ačiū!

Ruta Sepetys Labas Jessica!

You certainly know Lithuanian culture well if you would mention learning and education. :) Yes, I feel my Lithuanian heritage definitely plays a role in my work ethic and dedication to research. Growing up, my parents constantly stressed the importance of education and lifelong learning.
Ačiū for the great question!
Ruta Sepetys

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