I've always been fascinated by the way that children and animals suffer stoically in a way that I don't think adults do.
Sometime around 2006, I decided I had missed my true calling as a young adult author.
I like stirring things up. I'm on the side of the kids more than I am on the adults. And occasionally I find some adults that have that same mischievous streak, so I don't get in too much trouble.
Libertarians recognize the difference between adults and children, as well as differences between normal adults and adults who are insane or mentally hindered or retarded.
Every adult in the world has some sense that he or she might be obliterated at any time by these weapons that we have created.
I've always been intrigued by questions of perception and identity-building, specifically how teens and young adults define themselves within their communities.
There were some super-lean years, yeah. I'm six feet four. And I entered into this period all of a sudden when I was too big to play a kid and I was too young to play an adult. Like, I couldn't play the lawyer, but I couldn't play the high school kid anymore.
I suffer from vertigo. It's paralyzing in extreme situations. The most scared I've been as an adult was trying to conquer that fear by going climbing in Wales.
We just happened to come along at time where there hadn't been a new young adult drama that also could appeal to adults as well in quite some time. We sort of found a little bit of a niche.
I think it's a mistake to think, 'Am I going to write a young adult book, or do I desperately want to write a book for adults?' I think the better ambition is to try to write someone's favorite book, because those categorizations of adult, young adult, become kind of superfluous.
The traditional role of the Senate has been to be the adult in the room.
Being a novelist is the adult version of a kid creating a make-believe world. But unlike a child, a writer of fiction has to come up with a structured story, one that has as much meaning for others as it has for her.
Adults lie to themselves all the time about what is acceptable, but kids know what is right and wrong.
I'm a lot less travelled as an adult than I was as a child, but I think living in far flung places gives you a perspective on the world and people that adds flavour to your writing.
Whenever I'm teaching teenagers, I always try to treat them, like, a little bit more gently but the same that I treat adults.
I wind up playing these characters a lot: They have self-esteem issues, or they're going through a lot as a young adult.
As an adult, you want to connect with people, and you want to feel accepted.
I think thinking about becoming an adult, and having to face up to your problems and face up to your insecurities, is difficult for everybody.
In our town, Halloween was terrifying and thrilling, and there was a whiff of homicide. We'd travel by foot in the dark for miles, collecting candy, watching out for adults who seemed too eager to give us treats.
My first four books were not published because nobody wanted them. They were adult books, not kids' books.