"I am fluent in both male and female but not entirely at home in either place."
Pat Schmatz is an author of young adult novels such as Bluefish, Mousetraps, Mrs. Estronsky and the U.F.O., Circle the Truth, and Lizard Radio, which won a James Tiptree Jr. Award in 2015. They started writing YA literature at age 24.
I cannot tell you what a relief it was to write a book about a teen who is like me. Kivali is not me, but the ease of writing a teen with much of my core, essential experience of the world was amazing. It was a gift I could not have imagined when I started writing for teens at the age of 24.