1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
ME: Um…for a brief moment in time (ah, my young and foolish days) I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. This is mainly because I overdosed on episodes of The West Wing. When I realized 1. I would never be a valedictorian, 2. Harvard would not put up with me (or accept me, let’s be honest), and 3. That I tend to panic over important paperwork, I did some reevaluation.
2. When did you first start writing?
ME: I wrote my first novel in high school for my Senior Project. It’s still sitting under my bed but I hope eventually it will be on the shelves with my other works.
3. Why did you write an autobiography at the age of 19?
ME: I have an obsessive compulsive disorder called trichotillomania that has led me to pull out my eyebrows, eyelashes, and hair. I wanted to honestly discuss that as well as the major events that have shaped me into the person that I am. It’s not all doom and gloom, I swear!
4. How did you find the courage to write about personal stuff like depression, anxiety, and trich?
ME: At first, I pretended that the only people who would ever read it were my lovely editor and my mom. That made writing it easier. The scariest part was telling the people at Lewis & Clark because I feared that this would make me just as isolated in my loser status as I had been in high school. But then all these people started telling me that they pulled or that they knew someone who did. And I made some really amazing friends who knew my biggest secret and liked me anyway. So when I was writing the end it hit me that trich is honestly just one small aspect of my life that I had let rule me for way too long. And the more people I shared my story with, the less power it had over me
5. When is your next book coming out?
ME: AWKWARD will be released by KensingtonTeen in the spring of 2012. It’s a YA novel about how a high school girl tries to cope when her embarrassing moment goes viral and makes her an overnight celebrity.
6. Do you have a writing ritual?
ME: Yes. I stare at the screen and then procrastinate until I’m feeling nice and guilty. Then I start pounding away at the keyboard. Or hunt and pecking away, to be honest. My typing skills suck.
7. If you could meet one celebrity who wo–
ME: JULIE ANDREWS! Sorry, did I interrupt there? I didn’t mean to be rude. It’s just that Julie Andrews is lovely and talented and I have desperately wanted to meet her since elementary school. Plus she is so classy that evey now and then I daydream about meeting her for high tea in some really fancy hotel. “Why, yes, Julie, I would love a scone. And you?”
Except, I’d say something classier than that, hopefully.
Everyone should read her novel The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles.
8. Who are some of your favorite authors?
ME: Well, besides Julie Andrews, I’m a big fan of Meg Cabot, Gordon Korman, Tamora Pierce, and about a gazillion romance authors, including Nora Roberts and Julia Quinn.
9. What has been one of your favorite college experiences?
ME: So many to choose from! But participating in The Vagina Monologues has to be in the top ten list. I loved the people who were involved and we raised a lot of money for some excellent causes. Plus for about a week afterwards my freshman year people would stop me to say what a great vagina I was. I think the cafeteria staff got the wrong impression of me.
You can check it out for yourself: Marni Vagina Monologue Here!
But I’m warning you: it’s pretty awkward.
OH MY GAWD…..i love you….ALOT….if my girlfriend will ever give the frickin books :3
Hah! I’m so glad you are enjoying my books! Feel free to tell your girlfriend that Marni Bates thinks she should give you the books back. 😀
I have trichotillamania and the whole bit. I am about to start crying not only are you my favorite author but now you are my soulmate!!! CAN I MARRY YOU?! haha jk. I am also a writer in the making. OMIGOD! I have depression and anxiety. I really love your books.. it would mean alot if you would comment!
I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your wonderful message. Your extreme levels of awesomeness sort of left me at a loss for words. I’m so glad that my life story connected with you. I know it is hard to deal with trichotillomania (especially if you are also battling depression and anxiety) but I hope you know that it really does get better. You are so much more than your hair. And if anyone else doesn’t see that…they aren’t worth your time. So hang in there!
I’m reading your book for a book report and you are truly amazing. Your books are very inspirational. I’m currently reading
oops!! My bad I didn’t mean to comment yet. Haha but as I was saying. I am currently reading your book “Marni” and i really like it! Its a really good book! I really want to read your book “Awkward” also. I actually go through a lot of depression and stress. I’ve cut and attempted suicide a couple of times but I decided not to. Ever since my depression I’ve been a lot more happier and just had to learn how to put up with all of the crazy things in this world. Thank you so much for your inspirational stories. It would be pretty darn awesome if you replied:D ~
I’m so glad you are enjoying my autobiography and I hope you know that life really does get better. I can tell you that just in the past 5 years since “Marni” was published I’ve become roughly 5 billion times happier than I ever dreamed was possible back in high school. It just takes time. And yeah, sometimes I still stress out…but I have amazing friends and family members who love me unconditionally. So do you. The world is absolutely full of people who love you or who will love you just as soon as they meet you. I am in awe of your tremendous courage to push through those dark times. You are so much stronger than you realize.
I hope you remember that whenever life starts feeling crappy.
Will you write the introduction to my book set in the Middle East? Or better yet, provide an introductory testimonial? Please get in touch through email:)
I wish I could, but I’m completely booked right now. I also know absolutely nothing about the Middle East so I doubt I’d be able to provide a good testimonial. I wish you the best of luck though! I’m sure your book is fantastic!
All the best!