Can you discuss what some of your “big” confessions would have been as a teenager?
Honestly, I don't think I ever had anything to confess that's as big as the confessions of the Sullivan girls. My family didn't have any scandalous secrets for me to reveal, and I wasn't responsible for anyone's death that I know of. I had my share of inappropriate boyfriends, but the stakes weren't so high.
One thing I'd have to confess to my high school friends is that in many ways I hid my real self. I was worried about fitting in. Inside I was a geek and a weirdo, but I could hide it pretty well, and I did.
I'd confess to being sadder inside than I ever let anyone know. I felt like I always had to appear happy, because what did I have to be unhappy about? I was a lucky girl and I knew it. But that doesn't mean I wasn't sad sometimes, and not being able to show it made it worse. I think Sassy struggles with these feelings in CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS. She has a good home and a good education and all her needs are met and then some, so she doesn't feel entitled to be sad. And yet she is, and she can't explain why.