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Selling Books – Excerpt from Interview

Posted By on July 14, 2011

“Selling Books” recently did a fantastic interview about my young adult novel The Battle for Tomorrow: a Fable

Tell us something about yourself:

I’m a 63 year old, recently retired child and adolescent psychiatrist, single mother and activist, who emigrated to New Zealand 8 ½ years ago after being targeted by the FBI for my political activities. I write about this in my 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee. I was born and grew up in Milwaukee and raised my own family in Seattle. I have been writing for nearly 25 years and presently serve on the National Executive of the New Zealand Green Party.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have always had in mind to write two novels: the first would explore how real political change comes about and the second how young women become conscious of subtle oppression in their relationships with men. In 2009, it suddenly occurred to me that by making my main character a teenager I could combine the two in one book. Since 2005, my clinical work has focused almost exclusively on teenagers, which gives me unique insight into the difficulties they face in contemporary society. Age discrimination is a biggie, especially in the US. In most parts of the world, teenagers are allowed to leave home, work and live independently at age 16. In some countries, they even vote at 16.

How did you choose the title?

It came to me as I was writing that teenagers should have as much right to a future (a “tomorrow”) as their parents and grandparents. However unfortunately this right is no longer automatic. With the total unwillingness of US political leaders to address catastrophic global warming (or catastrophic food and water shortages) or the major lifestyle changes necessary to prevent these occurrences. This means that teenagers will probably have to fight really hard to even have a future.

(go to for complete interview)

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