Which treats of YA authors sharing the great and awkward of their teenage years.

Today is Mindi Scott’s Birthday! Happy Birthday, Mindi. Almost as exciting is that it’s her debut young adult novel birthday – or will be on Wednesday! She stopped by my blog a couple months ago to delight us with her teenage self, and it was one of my favorite guest blogs of last year. I thought it would be fun to re-post it in celebration of her tremendous accomplishment in achieving book publication. So, enjoy this self-deprecating Sunday re-run, friends:

I’m honored to have a guest post by the sweet Mindi Scott, debut author of FREFALL, available October 5, 2010 from Simon Pulse. Visit her blog or website to learn more  about Mindi and her book. I immediately added FREEFALL to my Goodreads list.

From Mindi:

1990: I was in eighth grade and things were going groovy for me.  (And, yes, I actually used the word “groovy” at that time; Julia Roberts said it in Pretty Woman, which made it cool and retro.)  I was on a volleyball team and had lots of friends, good grades, and clothes I was very proud to wear.

Brand names were of utmost importance at my school.  My family couldn’t exactly afford them, but I saved up and used all my back-to-school money that year for a new wardrobe that consisted of mainly T-shirts and sweatshirts by Guess and Esprit and Keds in a variety of colors. Hooray and stuff!

Unfortunately, I was very skinny with long arms and legs.  But for some reason, no one in the whole world bothered to clue me in that my Guess Jeans T-shirt tucked into my very high-waist, tapered-leg, size-double-zero stretch jeans wasn’t a flattering lookNor did they let me know that my permed hair with swooping bangs weren’t doing me any favors either.

What’s up with all that? Seriously.

Mindi, I love this photo!  I applaud your courage. Thank you so much for allowing me and the world to see you in your teenage years.  Congratulations on your novel. I’m excited to read it, and commend you for your publishing success. (Also, I noticed Chutes and Ladders on that self. Maybe we could play that together someday.)

If you are a YA author and would like to do a Self-Deprecating Sunday post over here at Sparks and Butterflies, please contact me at Jody(dot)mugele(at)gmail(dot)com. It’s more fun than church.