Supercool blogger, Dawn, sent me a link to The Crow's Nest. The agent posted about a writing assignment she gave in a Master's Program. She included a bunch of questions for students to use as the "base rock" for writing for young adults. One of them was:
In what way did your upbringing seem totally different than that of your peers?
I grew up in a tiny town in NJ during the 70's and 80's and for a looong time, I was the only kid in school with divorced parents. Silly as that may sound in today's world, back then, it was a big deal.
I actually remember people saying, "Her parents are divorced." Like that meant my family had a disease.
And when my parents remarried, things got crazier with a stepmother, a stepfather and a stepbrother and a stepsister.
Although my upbringing was unique, it was good. But I definitely grew up very differently than the other kids around me. And a lot of that is reflected in Fingerprints, my YA novel that is currently out on submissions.
What about you? In what way did your upbringing seem totally different than that of your peers?
4 years ago