How do you come up with your ideas? 

A lot of what I write about is drawn from experiences I’ve had in my own life, especially what my life was like as a teen. As far as the Secrets series goes, I was inspired by my former job as an entertainment editor at a teen magazine. I interviewed a lot of stars like Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and Reese Witherspoon and seeing what their lives were like really got me thinking about their world. As you might have guessed, I also love fairy tales! While I grew up watching Disney movies, I was particularly interested in Cinderella, but not for the reason you might think. I was always worried about the Wicked Stepmother! I thought she was headed to fairy tale jail. That made me wonder: If the Wicked Stepmother apologized and decided to teach kids on the path to wickedness how to be good, what would that story look like? That’s how I came up with the Fairy Tale Reform School series. 

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