Once again, hats off to Twitter for alerting me about Ellen Hopkin’s appearance at Third Place Books in Seattle last week.
If you happen to live somewhere Ellen Hopkins is going to be talking – go. She’s insightful, blunt, hilarious, and positive!
If you haven’t read one of her books then do so ASAP. Yes, her books tackle the tough stuff, but as witnessed by the number of teens present at this event, her books tackle the stuff teens want to read about. Sidebar: Burned seemed to be the one everyone wanted the most.
She read a few chapters of Triangles, her first adult novel. I love her YA books, and I am loving her adult novel, but what I love the most is that she’s breaking into the adult lit world. This makes me especially happy since so many adult lit authors dip into the YA world. Also, I love that there will be a YA companion to Triangles: Tilt, out in 2012. (That’s a lot of love.)
Oh, and during the Q & A, Ellen Hopkins admitted to always, always, always having trouble with her beginnings. Thank goodness.