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Janet Ruth Young

Janet Ruth Young is the author of the teen novels My Beautiful Failure, Things I Shouldn’t Think (previously published as The Babysitter Murders), and The Opposite of Music. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visit her at JanetRuthYoung.com.
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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Progress, not perfection.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm a little hard on myself, and start a lot of days thinking that I haven't done enough or done it well enough. (This might be part of my obsessive-compulsive disorder.) Once I get into the day's activities, the mental hamster stops running around in that wheel.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My three books, of course!

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right where I am (I chose to live here). However, I'd like to have a pied-a-terre in Boston or New York City so that I can keep up with cultural events.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Playing the violin or fiddle.

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