Demas Talks Teenagers and Transitions

Corinne Demas, professor of English, knows a thing or two about crafting a compelling story, having published more than 20 books and numerous short stories in her writing career. Her latest, Everything I Was, is a young adult novel following a teenager as her family weathers the economic recession, going from a Manhattan penthouse to a rural farmhouse after her father loses his job. Here she talks about what it was like to write this story and why she chose to take a teenager’s perspective of the economy’s impact on family life.