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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. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Eggplant

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not having gotten a college scholarship. I was a sometimes-lazy high school student and had to pay for college.

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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I laugh and smile a lot.

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