Laurie Halse Anderson — American Writer born on October 23, 1961,

Laurie Halse Anderson is an American writer best known for children's and young adult novels. She received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2009 for her contribution to young adult literature... (wikipedia)

We have to acknowledge that adolescence is that time of transition where we begin to introduce to children that life isn't pretty, that there are difficult things, there are hard situations, it's not fair. Bad things happen to good people.
I am super proud of being an American, but we fail our veterans every day.
It's bad timing, but a lot of kids become teenagers just as their parents are hitting their mid-life crisis. So everybody's miserable and confused and seeking that new sense of identity.
I wish America would stop judging and criticizing teens and instead, try to understand the battles they have to fight every day.
I've dealt with depression my entire life, on and off, which makes me the perfect author for teenage readers.