Nov 16, 2012
As part of the Dear Teen Me blog tour, I was given the opportunity to interview Miranda Kenneally. She has some interesting things to tell and her letter to herself in the book is sad yet sweet. Hope you enjoy!
1. How long did it take you to come up with what you wanted to write to your teen self for the book?
It took about 10 seconds to decide that I wanted to tell myself to call the boys’ soccer captain back after he invited me over to his house. I was 16 when he invited me, and very down on myself, and I was afraid of rejection, so I didn’t go to his house. Now I look back and think, “He probably needed a friend and I just blew him off because I was only thinking of myself.”
2. Which letter in Dear Teen Me can you most relate to?
Probably Heather Davis’. She talks about raising herself, and I often felt like I had to do that when I was growing up.
3. What was your most unforgettable moment as a teen?
Dancing at the same club as Justin Timberlake and NSync! Or the time I went to the Backstreet Boys concert and I held up a sign that said, “Kevin will you marry me?!” and he winked at me. (3rd row seats)
4. What is your most embarrassing memory as a teen?
I liked this total jerk. I mean, he was terrible. I have no idea why I liked him. He knew I wanted him bad, so one day in the cafeteria during lunch, he poured chocolate milk on my head.
5. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to the teens of today?
Be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you you aren’t capable of going after your goals!
Thanks for stopping by, Miranda.
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves. (Zest Books, October 30, 2012, $14.99; ISBN 978-1-9369762-1-8) edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson. Zest Books, a leading publisher of nonfiction for young adult readers, is distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is available wherever books are sold!
Miranda Kenneally is the author of the contemporary YA novels Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker (just published), and Things I Can’t Forget(Spring 2013). Miranda is also the co-editor, with E. Kristin Anderson, of Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books), and is co-creator of the Dear Teen Me website. E. Kristin Anderson, in addition to co-editing Dear Teen Me and co-creating its eponymous website, is a writer and poet who has been published in dozens of literary journals. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children’s section.