I was very fortunate enough to ask Robin Roe the author of A List of Cages a few questions. I have already read and reviewed the book and I have to say that it is such an important book to me and an important book in general! And yes that is a final copy of the book, Robin was so kind in sending me a copy! Please be sure to go out and buy it when it is published on January 10!!
Without further ado:
1.) What was your inspiration for A List of Cages?
I drew from my own life, and from the experiences I’ve had with children who’ve experienced trauma.
2.) Do you feel that ADD/ADHD needs more representation in young adult literature?
I was a special education teacher before I began writing full time. I worked with teens who had various developmental, emotional, and learning disorders, and I’d like to see all of these represented more. ADD/ADHD in particular has become widespread, and it would wonderful if increased representation in novels led to more discussion about treatment.
3.) As an author, what is something that you would like to see more of in books?
In young adult novels, I’d like to see more friendship stories. I’d also love to see more humor. Laughter is so important!
4.) What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write for the joy of writing. Write as if no one will ever read it. And be kind to yourself!
5.) What is something you want readers to get out of reading A List of Cages?
That we have in incredible power—in our own lives and in the lives of others.
6.) What was your favorite thing about counseling adolescents and your time in Boston?
I loved the kids I worked with in Boston. Whenever I think of that city, I always think of them.
7.) Are you currently working on your next novel, and what’s next?
I’m currently writing a contemporary YA novel.