My husband is a psychologist and my children are a journalist and a filmmaker. (The common theme here seems to be that we’re all deeply interested in dark secrets and stories.) I have a rescue dog, who is mostly interested in finding shoes to chew, who hangs out with me while I write, which would be perfect if he didn’t enjoy eating paper.
My forays into other careers notwithstanding, I have always wanted to be a writer, and have always, ever since I was first able to write, had notebooks and file folders and bankers’ boxes full of stories, and pieces of stories, and fragments of novels, and random paragraphs. As a teenager, I saw myself as smart and socially hopeless. Now I see myself as less smart and less hopeless, but I’m still basically the same person I’ve always been; I’m just a lot happier about it.
I believe with all my heart that people have every age they’ve ever been, and every feeling they’ve ever felt, in a rich, messy, mysterious place inside them. And when I dip into all that wonderful, old stuff, YA novels are what I come up with.
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Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Before she became a full-time writer, Ann worked as a lawyer and a therapist. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.