Hey guise, I know there has been some mention of author Laurie Halse Anderson around these parts, partly for her work as a YA author and partly for her work with RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is linked to her discussion of rape and abuse in some of her work (Speak, in particular, which is 15 years old this year).
She recently did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, and there are some really interesting topics in there, like the "dude-ificiation of YA" following the popularity of John Green, author of The Fault in our Stars. The conversation's been continued with an interview over at Book Riot, which is definitely worth reading. I especially liked the idea of "Resilience Lit", which Andersen describes as "...the quality that I hope all teenagers can develop so that they are ready when the world comes at them. Literature is a fantastic way to learn about the kinds of hardships you may have to deal with; watching characters grow and change is a great way to strengthen yourself for your own challenges."
Also, she posts pictures of dogs snuggling stuffed animals on her tumblr.