I want kids to know they matter now, not at some later time when they’re grown. I want them to know they are seen and heard, that their feelings and experiences matter.
Some grownups have said I write about unsavory things, things better not mentioned in books for children— you know, like real life and real situations and the real choices real people sometimes make. But kids are smarter than grownups. They get that fiction is one of the world’s best means to speak truth. And any truth that I write will always make way for hope.
Frederick Buechner said what I hope my writing most conveys: “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”