In my books aimed at Young Adults, I often put my characters in situations that would seem extraordinary, but all of the situations are possible and most are inspired by real-life events. My characters are also inspired by real young people, and I have often said I hope the events in my stories will help some young people in their own lives. I sometimes wish I had the benefit of these stories when I was younger.
I have also pondered, as I write, what kind of advice I'd give myself, if only I could go back and visit myself at a younger age. I came across a video, posted on You Tube earlier this year, that I really like. It's called "Dear 15-year-old me." I truly think it's worth watching.
What advice would you give yourself? And, what age would you target?