About

Dear Reader,

An appreciation for all forms of creativity has always been in my blood. To quote Ethel Percy Andrews, “It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” I cannot think of a better way to spend my life than sharing my ideas and thoughts with others through creative expression. I love how literature allows society to take characters and events and relate them to all humanity, creating a feeling of unity, and provoking the discovery of something outside of one’s daily life. My greatest wish is to incite these feelings and reactions within others through my own works.

I wrote Cracked Up when I was thirteen years old. I didn’t take it seriously at first. Then I was out for Chinese with my family one night and when I opened my fortune cookie it read, “One day you will write a book”. I knew I wanted to be an author by the age of ten, but that fortune solidified my resolve to pursue my dream.

Born and raised in Albany, NY I would describe myself as a driven individual who loves to laugh and can be a bit of a spaz. Nothing makes me happier than working with children and I’m known for obsessing over hugs and cake. Since writing my first novel, I have had to overcome many hurdles in my young life due to health complications. Even though I’m the proud recipient of a liver transplant, I continue to experience problems with liver disease while battling two chronic illnesses, a rare form of Sickle Cell Anemia and ulcerative colitis. It doesn’t help that I’m fighting all of these afflictions with a suppressed immune system and adrenal insufficiency. However, despite all this, I still believe I can have a successful writing and teaching career.

With all of my current health issues I realize reaching my career goals will be a struggle but I’m optimistic. I know what it’s like to be so sick that some days I wondered if I would wake up the next morning. I know what it’s like to feel my body slowly shutting down with each passing day. I know the fear of trying to fight time. But, I also know the different sides of faith and the importance of using whatever inner strength I posses along with the support of family, friends, and the community. I plan on utilizing my steadfast will and unending hope in all my pursuits and will never stop encouraging others to do the same.

When it comes to the source of my motivation, the stranger who saved my life gets most of the credit. When I was sixteen years old I was diagnosed with acute liver disease and required a full liver transplant in order to survive. When I reached critical condition and was starting to give up hope, I received my miracle. I thank God everyday for the person who gave me my life back. None of this would have been possible without her.

 

Words I live by and, if I could, would shout out to the world:

Whenever I come into contact with someone I think is amazing but doesn’t know it and needs to, I have the urge to tattoo these words on the part of the brain that breeds insecurities and self-doubt. I’m just lucky that I feel this way often about the people in my life.

I use this one to kick myself into gear. Whenever I feel complacent or that maybe I’ve reached my limits, this reminds me there’s still so much I can’t do and so much I don’t know. This way, I’m constantly working on improving myself.

I have yet to find more important words. If you know some, please, send me a message. I can use all the inspiration I can get.

All my love and best wishes,
Lindsay