Did anything in this book happen to you in 8th grade?
Nope – thank goodness. But the feelings Erin experienced – wanting to be treated older, do things her friends get to do, having a boyfriend – all of that is from my middle school and high school years. I think most people feel that way.
Are any of the characters based on people you know?
Not really, though Serena is actually based on two or three boys who were mean to me in 5th-8th grade. They did get a little nicer as we got older. And I used names of people I know for some of the characters.
Will you write about Erin in high school – have a sequel to Access Denied?
At this time, I don’t have any plans to take Erin and her friends beyond 8th grade. I hope you enjoy reading my other books with high school characters.
How can I have my own website or blog like Erin Swift in the books, Click Here and Access Denied?
There are a few places you can do this but I recommend talking to your parents first because its really important to BE SAFE. Never put in any personal information (full name, address, phone, school name, team name, stuff like that) so you are always safe online. Once you talk to them, have them search with you online for different places where you can keep a blog or have a website and make sure you always follow good Internet safety.
The other option is just to keep a private journal on your computer. You can even do it in Microsoft Word and give the document a password so no one can read it but you. Check Word’s online Help for instructions on how to do this.