First, I’d like to thank the rest of the foxes and our hound for welcoming me aboard and to wish Daisy the best in her future endeavors.
I have to admit, I’m a little nervous. I feel like it’s my first day at a new school and the cool kids just invited me to sit at their lunch table. Gosh, I really hope I don’t squirt ketchup on myself. Or worse, someone else! OMG, did that cute guy on the Thursday blog just wink at me? *Blushes*
I’m Micki Gibson and I’m the new kid on the block who writes contemporary young adult fiction. While on a stroll through your local Barnes and Noble, you might think the only thing out there in YA land are vampires, werewolves, and zombies, and dystopias, but look on the other side of that YA aisle. That’s where you’ll find plenty of other YA goodness if paranormal isn’t your bag. I’m one of those contemporary gals. I hope to one day join the ranks of Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Dessen, and the one I fondly think of as the mother of YA, Judy Blume.
What made me decide to write for teens? I’m one of those weird people who actually like them and all the chaos that goes along with that exciting, scary, and erratic time of a person’s life. I’m a former high school math teacher and if there’s one thing I learned about my students, it was to never assume they know everything. (“What do you mean you never learned area and perimeter of a rectangle back in eighth grade?!”) But even more importantly, never underestimate what they do know. My students constantly impressed me with how honest and insightful they could be when they were passionate about something. Another reason I want to write for teens is that I have a bit of Peter Pan Syndrome…I don’t want to grow up.
Well, I think I heard the lunch bell (one of my own kids wanting to be fed) and I soooooo can’t be late to my next class (bills to pay), so I’d better run. Wait…better walk. I don’t want to trip and spill my lunch tray. I think that cute Thursday blog guy is still watching me. Catch you next time at the lunch table!