Christen asked Ruta Sepetys:

Hi Ruta! My name is Christen and I'm a high school student from Portland, Oregon. When I read "Between Shades of Gray," it lit a flame of inspiration to begin writing. I was wondering who/what inspired you to start writing? I was also curious about any advice you have on creating a character with depth and conflicting emotions and thoughts, but still making it clear and precise. Thank you.

Ruta Sepetys Thank you, Christen!

There are many authors who have inspired my love of story and writing: Roald Dahl, Edith Wharton, and Rod Serling, to name a few. Since I write historical novels, in many cases the characters are loosely based on people I've interviewed and met. They are real and they've shared their experience, joy, pain, and loss with me. Channeling those real emotions into characters gives them dimension and depth. Hope that helps! :)
Ruta Sepetys

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