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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Living by the seashore and spending nearly all my time reading, writing, or exercising.

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 are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "actually" and "or something like that"

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

A. Playing the violin or fiddle.

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