Starting in the late ‘60s and continuing all the up to the present, Judy’s novels for teens were among the first to tackle thorny issues like racism, teen sex, and menstruation—and I know I’m not alone in the fact that much of what I learned about these topics and more back in my middle school days, I learned from books like Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret and Deenie.
Somewhat amazingly, it’s taken until now for a movie to be made of one of Judy’s landmark novels: A film adaptation of Tiger Eyes, directed by Judy’s son, Lawrence Blume, and starring Willa Holland, opened in select theaters last weekend; it’s also available on iTunes, Amazon, and Video On Demand.
In her AMA, Judy addressed everything from writer’s block to coping with depression. You can read the whole thing here (and I recommend that you do); but in the meantime, here are her eight best answers: