April 16, 2010
I have kept a diary since I was 11 years old, when a friend gave me a journal so when I got back she could read all about a year-long absence because my father was temporarily transfered to Nova Scotia. Then I just never stopped writing. I saved everything for posterity, but I am sure those diaries would bore future readers to tears. When I was writing my novel I dug out the ones for my teenage years so that I could get the idioms right for the voice of my adolescent protagonist. It was tedious plowing through them.