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Original Essays | September 9, 2013 5 comments
Editor's note: Chris Bolton is not only a former Powell's employee, he was also once the primary writer for this blog. So we are particularly proud... Continue »
Ellen HopkinsDescribe your new book.
Glass is a YA novel-in-verse, and the sequel to my first novel, Crank. Both books are loosely based on my daughter's story of meth addiction. Glass walks readers forward from where Crank leaves off, and follows Kristina as she returns to the lair of the "monster" drug, crystal meth. The book is a brutally honest portrait of addiction, and just how low even a "good girl" will go when caught in the snare of this terrible substance.
I've had a lot of really great teachers, but the one I always think of first is my 5th grade teacher, Olive Simmons. She was the first to really acknowledge my love of creative writing, and to encourage me to become a writer, if that's what I wanted to do. I also learned something very important from her if I start a project, I need to finish it, and make it absolutely the best I can. We were studying the pilgrims and three or four of us volunteered to make hats for a play. It was tedious work, and everyone quit but me. I'm still proud of finishing those hats!
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