Learning to separate your own interests away from those feelings of, “I should be more like this, I should be more like that”—that’s going to be valuable forever. And not just in writing.
RILEY REDGATE is an author originally from North Carolina, now based in Chicago. She is the author of four Young Adult novels, including Noteworthy, which was named a Best Teen Book by Kirkus Reviews and the New York Public Library, and Final Draft, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year. Her newest novel, Alone Out Here, follows a group of young people who escape the planet’s destruction on a spaceship and find themselves alone in the vastness of space. It was published in April of 2022 by Disney-Hyperion.