Ask the Author: Kathleen Glasgow
What would you like readers to know about you?
I write books about complicated teens with complicated lives. I like coffee, enchiladas, and the sun.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
Girl in Pieces is about Charlie Davis, a teen struggling with depression and self-harm.
How to Make Friends With the Dark is about Tiger Tolliver, left alone in the world after her mother dies and suddenly entrusted to the care of an older half-sister she never knew she had.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
Girl in Pieces was inspired by my own struggle with self-harm and depression.
HTMFWTD is an intense exploration of grief and family and I thought a lot about my mother and sister while writing it, as they’ve passed away.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I really enjoyed setting Girl in Pieces in Tucson, Arizona, where I live. All of the places in the Tucson scenes are real. You could take a tour down Fourth Avenue, see the Dairy Queen next to the coffee house, see the thrift stores she visits, and then head to downtown and find the house she lives in Armory Park, plus Club Congress and the Rialto.
For How to Make Friends With the Dark, the second-person narrative was the most interesting to write, since I had to show how Tiger’s grief made her disassociate.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
My favorite books growing up were by Judy Blume, Madeleine L’Engel, and SE Hinton. I would not be a writer without Laurie Halse Anderson.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Read. Get inspired and get brave by what you read. Believe in the story you want to tell. And sit down and write it, because only you can tell it.