Dear Teen Me from author Alma Alexander (WOLF, WORLDWEAVERS, THE SECRETS OF JIN-SHEI)

Dear Teen Me, You stand in the cusp between the What Was and What Is To Come. When you were four, you taught yourself to read, and then never stopped – you read any book that came to hand, you read EVERYTHING. You knew early that words were your thing. Back when you were five, […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Sandra Block (THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME, LITTLE BLACK LIES)

Dear Teen Me, Yes, you are a geek. Pretending otherwise would just be insulting for us both. Your hair is poodle-curly. Your eyebrows are overtaking your face (dear Lord, did no one tell you about waxing?). Your style sense is “all your own” (no, Chuck Taylors should not be bedazzled). And your jokes lead to […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS, THE YEAR OF NO MISTAKES)

Dear Teen Me, At this stage in your life, you are getting a lot of advice from people – some good, some bad, some utterly wrong. So instead of joining that chorus of people telling you what you should do, this letter is going to focus solely on how you awesome you already are—doing what […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Russell Scott Anderson (TIME DONORS WANTED, THE HARD TIMES)

Dear Teen Me: This is one of the few pictures I have left of us, me, you, and Jim sitting at the piano. The bad news is that there is no becoming the next Led Zeppelin for us. Jim does become a great guitarist for a while; he plays like Peter Frampton, for a while. […] […]


Dear Bob (you didn’t start calling yourself Robert until you got out of college, and moved to New York to become a world-renowned author – stay tuned on that), I’m going to tell you something now, while you’re 17, that everybody else — your friends, your parents, your teachers — is going to contradict. And […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Jason Gray aka Harris Gray (the VAPMIRE VIC series)

Past/teen self. There are so many things I should say to you. Save your money, write more, take chances, love your parents, invest wisely, stay away from Netscape, buy gold, don’t sleep through your Art History final, money can’t buy you happiness, ask out that pretty girl, stay out of the sun, go for it, […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Allan Harris, aka Harris Gray (the VAMPIRE VIC series)

Dear Teen Me, I know you’re not much of a planner. If it’s not too late to form that valuable habit, I would appreciate it. To get you in the planning mindset, I have a task for you that is going to make all the difference for my, sorry, your future. Our future. You are […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Chantel Guertin (THE RULE OF THIRDS, DEPTH OF FIELD, LEADING LINES)

Dear Teen Me. It’s me again . . . this time, I’m back to share with you a list of Advice For High School. 1. Slow down. You want to grow up and graduate from high school and get on with your life. But later on, you’ll miss those days when you got to see […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Tara Tyler (POP TRAVEL, SIMULATION)

Dear Teenage Tara, Wow, you look pretty without your glasses! And no, you aren’t fat. At all. Now that I’ve addressed your top concerns, listen to what really matters. You have a fabulous mind and you make good choices for the most part. I’m very proud of us. But our greatest downfall is boys. Love […] […]

Dear Teen Me from author Adam Rakunas (WINDSWEPT)

Adam, It’s been a weird road. I know, I know, you’re probably taking a look at how we got here and wondering just what I did wrong. You’re not an engineer working on projects that save the world. You didn’t work on an epic video game. You didn’t ride your bike across the country (though, […] […]