Happy Birthday, Jenny Han, born 3 September
- I just write the story as it comes to me, and my main objective is always to tell the truth.
- I love creating characters more than anything. I feel like they are separate from me. But in every character I write, there is something of me in them.
- The truth is, no book will ever feel good enough or done enough, but there’s a point when you just have to say, I’ve done the best I can…and then release it into the world. Remember that only you can tell this story from your specific point of view. That’s what makes a story special.
- I want my books to look like the real world, and the real world is populated by all kinds of people. I think diversity in young adult literature is very important because it reflects what the world really looks like, and that it’s a larger experience. It’s not just one narrow experience. I was thinking about that.
- People want to be entertained. People want to get lost in the story, and whatever that story is, you have the right to enjoy that.
- I always wrote stories and stuff and read like crazy as a kid. But at first I never thought that it was possible to be a writer, just because it seemed like a really dream job. It seemed so impractical, and it wasn’t until I went to college and took a class that I thought that maybe I could do this.
- My advice would be to find your own voice and really hone that voice and point of view. That’s really the thing that makes you unique from everybody else. I think 10 different people can write a story about kids fighting to the death or a kid with cancer. It would be 10 different stories because they have different backgrounds and a different set of eyes.
- Figure out what your point of view is and work on that. You need to read a lot of stuff and hear other people’s voices because you can zero in on what works.
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