We received another blurb this week, this time from author-extraordinaire Cynthia Leitich Smith.
“My Life as a Rhombus is a sensitive and powerful friendship story about two very different girls who connect over the toughest decision either of them will ever make. In his YA debut, author Varian Johnson offers a realistic, heartfelt, and thoughtful take on unplanned teen pregnancy from the perspective of a young math whiz trying to reconcile her future and past.”
I’ve never told Cynthia this, but I the first time I saw her in person (at the 2004 Austin SCBWI Conference), I didn’t have the courage to speak to her. I mean, she’s Cynthia Leitich Smith–and I was just a lowly, unpublished author. Anyway, about a year later, after meeting her husband, Greg, at another SCBWI event, she sent me the following email:
How is it that I don’t know you yet? 😉
I’m happy to report that two years later, I’m privileged to call her both a friend and a mentor.