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I can't tell you how irritating it is to be an atheist in a haunted house. ---->>>

If we're going to ask our kids at age 18 to go off to war and die for their country, I don't see any problem with asking them at age 16 to think about what that might mean. ---->>>

The bedroom in my apartment is far too small to hold a nightstand. There is, however, this bookshelf. Yes, I stow whatever I'm reading on the lower shelf, but more importantly, it's where I keep a collection of ghost books. ---->>>

I write for teens partially to work out whatever it was that I needed to from my own teenage years. ---->>>

We love fantasy novels in which the characters think that they're peasants but turn out to be princes and kings. ---->>>

Certain elements of teen life that, 10 years ago, were very important to me still, are becoming less so as I get older. I mean, I've kinda gotten over, I guess I'm saying, the fact that I had trouble getting a date for the prom. ---->>>

Occasionally people ask me how it is I write different types of things, and my answer to that is it's very natural. You get bored writing one kind of thing all the time. ---->>>

It's insulting to believe that teens should have a different kind of book than an adult should. ---->>>

I completely love music. I used to be the music critic at 'The Improper Bostonian.' It's just something I've always loved very deeply. ---->>>

Older teens tend to write to me and say, 'Thank you for not writing down to teenagers.' ---->>>

A lot of the drive to make narratives came from having to play by myself as a 5- or 6-year-old in the woods. ---->>>

I don't want to go out hunting for dismal topics to write about. ---->>>

I feel like it's hard to get into historical novels where you know what the story is far too well. ---->>>

I feel like it's important every once in a while to estrange ourselves from the familiar to remind ourselves of the potentialities of people, how many different ways there are of being. ---->>>

I've always enjoyed that kind of thing - thinking about the production of narrative and why it is that when we read a novel, we don't notice the fact that someone who might be very close-mouthed or tight-lipped is perfectly willing to tell us a story in 600 or 700 pages. ---->>>

One of the series I like is D.M. Cornish's 'Monster Blood Tattoo,' in which he creates a whole language. Kids who are reading that are building a language in their heads. There's no real cognitive difference. I think kids are excited by language, and they're not always given credit for that. ---->>>

I think kids are excited by language, and they're not always given credit for that. ---->>>

I was someone who really loved fantasy novels and science fiction novels. ---->>>

It's a very 18th-century thing to have a book broken into several volumes. ---->>>

Teens are not like the weird, dumb dwarves you have around your house. They are actually you when you were younger. ---->>>

Why not write a book which is as sophisticated as a book for an adult, but is about the concerns that teenagers actually have? ---->>>

All of my books, which are supposedly, I mean they're called YA novels, my hope is that adults would find no reason not to read them if they read them. ---->>>

I eat broccoli. I think about the plot. I pace in circles for hours, counter-clockwise, listening to music. I try to think of one detail in the scene I'm about to write that I'm really excited about writing. Until I can come up with that one detail, I pace. ---->>>

Sometimes reading other writers helps. You learn some little technique that turns out to be useful, or simply are reinspired by the amazing things others do. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 11-04, 1968
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Matthew Tobin Anderson, known as M.T. Anderson (born November 4, 1968) is an American writer of children's books that range from picture books to young adult novels. He won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2006 for The Pox Party, the first of two "Octavian Nothing" books, which are historical novels set in Revolution-era Boston. Anderson is known for using wit and sarcasm in his stories, as well as advocating that young adults are capable of mature comprehension.(wikipedia)