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Between Two Lockers With Kathleen

FYA’s resident (fangirl) therapist chats about her love of wine, Amy Ryan, and the strong female friendships in YA books.

Between Two Lockers With Kathleen

In case you missed the announcement, we’ve been running a Between Two Lockers special series featuring your fave FYA writers and contributors. This is the final post in the series—for now!


What’s your name?

Kathleen Smith

Where are you from/located?

Washington, DC

What do you do when you’re not writing for FYA?

I work as a licensed therapist and a freelance writer.

What do you look like?

Where can you be found on social media?

Twitter, Blog


How long have you been writing for FYA, and how did you start writing for the site?

Just started, so since November. I loved how the site brings readers together in communities, and I wanted to contribute!

How did you come to read YA as an adult?

A friend recommended Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy because I loved dystopia so much. From there I was hooked.

Why do you think YA is an important genre, for both actual Ys and those of us who are more A?

When I was a teenager, I felt like I should only read classic literature to be considered “smart.” It wasn't until I got out of college that I realized that YA stories are just as compelling and thought-provoking as any other novel. Emerging adulthood is such a fascinating and complex stage of life, so why wouldn't it make a great story? Young adults can relate to it, and all adults can still grow from the truths found in it.

What are five of your favorite YA books?

1. Code Name Verity
2. Chaos Walking trilogy
3. True Grit
4. Ender's Game
5. We Were Liars

Do you have a favorite YA character or couple? If so, who are they, and why are they The Best?

I love books about female friendship, so I'd have to say Julie and Maddie in Code Name Verity are so wonderful. I love ruining people's lives by introducing them to the story.


If your real life adolescence was a YA book ... What would you, the main character, be like?

She'd be that overachiever who's too hell-bent on getting out of her small town and to a good college to take time to get to know the people around her. Eventually, however, she comes to appreciate the setting that sprouted her character.

Who is your secret crush?

My character doesn't have time for romantic crushes. So she'd probably be crying about some fabulous middle-aged female teacher at her school.

What is your number #1 source of angst?

Socializing! How long can she hide in a bathroom stall before she has to talk to people?

At what point would the reader pump his/her fist in victory?

When she skips a study session to hang with friends.

And who would play you in the film adaptation?

Amy Ryan. I don't care that she's 47. I effing love Amy Ryan.


What is your #1 favorite food?


Tell me about your area of expertise.

I'm an expert at how the fangirl brain works! I even wrote a book about it.

If you could assemble your own Ocean's 11 of fictional characters, who would you pick?

Every badass actress over the age of 50 who is available.

What is your best karaoke song?

“Big Shot” by Billy Joel.

Tell me something scandalous!

I have never seen Frozen.

What is your favorite adult beverage?


What is the most crucial snack food and/or movie/or anything you'd bring to an FYA slumber party?

Fuzzy sweatshirts for everyone to hide their faces in when people kiss on screen.

What book have you read the most number of times?

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.

YA authors are so cool. Who would you give a BFF charm to?

Sara Polsky! We went to college together and I think she's awesome.

Out of all of the characters you’ve read, which one do you most wish you could be?

Myfanwy Thomas from The Rook. These are the goals.


Kathleen made three picks for each category, and I added a fourth. The magic number (chosen by a random number generator) was 9.



Neville Longbottom
Han Solo
James "Sawyer" Ford

Inspector Jack Robinson


New Caprica
District 13






Bounty hunter
Screen cap archivist
Fangirl guidance counselor
YA book blogger


Paid in wishes
Paid in makeout gifs

Paid in retweets
Paid in unicorn tears


King's Landing
Colby, North Carolina
Dillon, Texas
Stars Hollow


A rainbow corgi
A micropig

A magical talking cat
A Tauntaun


Millennium Falcon
The Galactica
The Pig from The Raven Cycle

Do you have additional questions for Kathleen? Or maybe just want to comment on something particularly awesome that she said? Head to the comments!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.