Write What You Don’t Know, with Kristen-Paige Madonia


In contrast to the age old advice, “write what you know,” Kristen-Paige Madonia’s novel Fingerprints of You (Simon & Schuster, 2012) explores a cast of characters and set of circumstances unlike her own. In writing a young adult novel centered around a pregnant teenager in search of her father, a man she has never met, Madonia was was forced to write outside of her own personal experience and draw from research and imagination. Join us as she discusses the inspirational seeds of the novel, the tools she used to create her fictional world, and the challenges and benefits of going against the grain.

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