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Published on Jun 15, 2011
Award-winning author Beth Kephart writes memoir, nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, and was a finalist for the 1998 National Book Award for her nonfiction work, A Slant of Sun. In the past few years, she has gained much notice in the growing area of young adult fiction. This interview focuses on the burgeoning genre of young adult (YA) fiction, and Kephart discusses the motives and meanings behind her critically acclaimed young adult novels Undercover (2007) and House of Dance (2008), as well as Nothing but Ghosts, forthcoming in 2009. One question that guides her as she writes, says Kephart: How will this story help the reader become a better human being? Kephart also talks about her love of ballroom dancing.