Five Authors Give Back-to-School Advice

As of today, almost every kid in the nation has gone back to school. In honor of this annual event, we thought it’d be fun to highlight some advice from some of the amazing authors we’ve interviewed in the past. We usually ask this question:

If you could give your high school or middle school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Here are their answers:

amy reevesAmy Carol Reeves:

Don’t worry about so much!  I was very Type A and so much of what I worried about didn’t really matter in the long run.  (Oh, and to my middle school self—puffed bangs were REALLY not cool! What were you thinking?)

katie davis

Katie Davis:

Do not, I repeat, do not get that short haircut and subsequent perm in ninth grade, in the year 197(mumbles something incoherent).



Shannon W

Shannon Wiersbitzky:

Ditch the long hair sooner! (grin)

Actually, I’d sit my younger self down and say, “Never doubt your abilities. EVER.” I’ve spoken to lots of women, of all ages, and it seems we all have this annoying voice in our heads that says, “Maybe you’re not ______ enough.” Just fill in the blank….smart, thin, talented, driven, creative, loud, beautiful. We’ve all heard it, no matter where we are in our life or our career. When we don’t quiet that voice, it can cause us to miss the most wonderful opportunities. I try to remind myself that all the time, and then I remind other women as well. A little bit of encouragement can go a long way.


Barbara Johansen Newman:

I could pretend my seventh grade self would listen if I told her not to worry about what her peers were thinking, but I am sure she would roll her eyes and let me go in one ear and out the other. I certainly could not tell her that none of the people around her would matter much in ten years because I ended up marrying one of those seventh graders in my own section and here we still are almost fifty years later  

Kathryn ErskineKathy Erskine:

Who cares what the other kids say — be yourself and be proud of it.  Hey, that sounds like the advice Kara would give in THE BOY PROJECT!  She is one smart, nerdy chick! (Thanks Kathy!)

I can’t help but notice that this advice falls mostly into two camps. Camp One: Don’t worry. Camp Two: You will live to regret (and even laugh about) that bad hair style. So pass the wisdom of these ladies on to a student you love, and assure them that they are not alone. We’ll highlight more back-to-school advice soon. In the meantime, just click on the author’s name to see their original interviews and to learn about their books. Have a great weekend!

7 comments on “Five Authors Give Back-to-School Advice

  1. Everybody’s hair looks bad 20 years later. No real way to escape it, especially if you follow trends. Fun advice!

  2. kamikinard says:

    Thanks Stephanie! It is kind of a boon of getting older, isn’t it? We may not like all the changes that come along with age, but at least we learn to handle our hair!

  3. Kelly H-Y says:

    Loved these! Hilarious! And, so true!

  4. writersideup says:

    Very enjoyable—and certainly wise 🙂 I had a face painting gig a week ago, and a group of 5 or 6 11-year-olds had me painting things like “Mrs. Justin Beiber” on their arms. I learned of a group called “1D” and the girls were in love with those guys, too. I couldn’t help but tell them I had NO clue who these guys were and that what I was learning about what Beiber was really like certainly didn’t make him a “nice” guy. (You should’ve seen the looks on their faces when I said THAT! LOL!!!) Anyway, I assured them that within 10 or so years, they would look back on this and realize how absurd their thinking was! lol

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