Friday, August 19, 2011




The Teen Inside Me
By
Tawny Stokes



Thank you to the awesomesauce team for having me at their blog.  I have to admit freely that awesomesauce is a word I use ALL THE TIME…. 
I’m pretty sure I never really grew up.  Not really.  Sure I got married and had a kid, and got divorced and pay taxes and pay bills.  I do all the adult things I’m supposed to. But deep down inside I still feel 16.  Which is probably why writing YA feels so normal to me.
I’ve written a lot of books for adults but it wasn’t until I started writing YA that it felt truly right.  Static was the first YA  I’d written.  And it was an easy book to write.  And a joy to write.  Some of it was like jotting down old memories. Vivid memories that I could still see, and hear and feel.
Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Salem’s experiences were mine. Although I had attended many gigs when I was a teen, and I did travel around following different bands, I have in no way had any contact with an incubus and have ever been turning into anything unnatural.  *looks in mirrors checks eyes*.  Nope, still good.
So now I’ve come up with the 5 ways you can tell you have a teenager living inside of you…
  1. You call everyone dude
  2. Your thumbs have callouses from texting
  3. Your iPod, iPhone and other devices are part of your iDentity
  4. You are either Team Gale or Team Peeta, or the fact that you think in teams when it comes to dudes
  5. Other words in your vocabulary are: epic, uber, and awesomesauce