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Q: How did you come up with the idea for Stick with Me, and for your characters Izzy and Wren?
A: I wanted to write about two girls who were thrown together for a short period of time under unusual circumstances. I wanted the girls to be different, but also more similar than they realized. I had an image of one girl in a bedroom and the other looking up at her from the street. The story grew from there.
Q: Did you know how the novel would end before you started writing it, or did you make many changes along the way?
A: I made so many changes along the way! When I started writing I had a vague sense of how the story would end. As I got to know Izzy and Wren better, the plot of the ending changed but the spirit remained the same.
Q: What do you hope kids take away from the story?
A: That friendship is complicated. But sometimes a friend will come into your life for just a short period of time and be exactly what you need.
Q: Which authors do you especially admire?
A: Rebecca Stead, Ali Benjamin, Janae Marks, Lauren Wolk, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Jacqueline Woodson and so many more!
Q: What are you working on now?
A: A middle grade novel that I'm really excited to share. That's all I can say for now!
Q: Anything else we should know?
A: The opportunity to write novels for this age group is a huge privilege. I'm enormously grateful to my readers and the team of people who make these books possible.
--Interview with Deborah Kalb