Somehow I missed this crazy, out-of-the-box author news in 2010. That year, a 15-year-old named Amy Zhang became a Young Adult author sensation.
I can’t even imagine. There’s no way I would’ve been doing that at age 15.
When I was 15, it was 1991.
I was struggling in geometry and probably still pinch-rolling my jeans.
I spent my spare time listening to the R&B group, BoyzIIMen. I liked that they were a group of black guys who wore argyle sweater vests.
I loved Nirvana, and the grunge sound they created. I spent a lot of time trying to decipher the lyrics to Smells Like Teen Spirit. I still haven’t figured out what that song means, but it doesn’t matter.
At 15, I started wearing perfume, but not much makeup.
I wore braces and hadn’t gone on my first date yet.
I was writing, but nothing that could’ve been considered a cohesive, 200-plus-page body of work. Definitely not a novel.
But not Amy Zhang…
At age 15, she was signing a publishing contract with HarperCollins.
“It took her a few months to score an agent, and a mere three days for her agent to sell the manuscript to HarperCollins.” — Refinery29
Zhang woke up at 4 a.m. every day for a month to write her novel, Falling Into Place.
At 4 a.m., I was probably sleeping like the dead.
When Amy Zhang was in college, she was on a national book tour.
In college, I was touring the dining halls on campus, looking for which one served the best pancakes.
In the Refinery29 article, Zhang mentions that it was a challenge to balance her regular life and her writing career at such a young age.
I had a hard time balancing my classes and busy social life. Add a writing career to the mix? It would’ve been a total disaster.
Now, Amy Zhang is 22, and she’s working on her third novel. It’s amazing to learn about her and her early publishing career.
I believe in finding inspiration through people of any age, and I’ve found inspiration in 22-year-old author Amy Zhang.
Take me down memory lane: What were you doing at age 15?