Q&A: Anne LeBold Douglas (Breaking the Ice)
Anne LeBold Douglas's new book titled Breaking the Ice (Ellechor Publishing) explores the power of friendships and what happens when two high school girls must dig deep within themselves to deal with betrayal and rejection.
YOUR LATEST BOOK IS ABOUT THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP AND HOW IT CAN DRASTICALLY CHANGE THE COURSE OF A YOUTH’S LIFE. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE ABOUT THIS TOPIC?
I think teens are on to something important—the intense, passionate friendships they make reflect our deep human desire to connect in meaningful and intimate ways with other people and God. Sometimes adults get too busy to nurture those kinds of friendships, but teens make them a priority. I also think that powerful transformation takes place in the midst of friendship, especially friendships that stretch us.
IT'S BEEN SAID THAT TEENAGERS ARE INFLUENCED THE MOST BY THEIR PEERS DURING HIGH SCHOOL. DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT
I do agree that the teenage years are a time of seeking acceptance and approval with peers, because teens are developing identity and we often look for others to help us understand who we are. They’re also preparing to leave home, so it’s natural to develop some meaningful relationship apart from family. I believe that family relationships are also deeply significant to teens and they still want—and need—their parents to be very involved in their lives.
WHY DO YOU ENJOY WRITING NOVELS FOR YOUNG ADULTS?
It’s such a raw time of life, with so much change going on and emotions so close to the surface. I also think the process of developing identity is fascinating. Also, teens are super fun so writing for them allows me to have fun too.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TEENS GET OUT OF THIS BOOK?
I hope that teens recognize themselves in one of the characters and feel encouraged that they’re not the only one going through those issues. I also hope they feel inspired to pursue connection with friends, family and God. Too many teens feel isolated and unloved. I also want to challenge young adults to be their authentic selves. Finally, even if they are in a time of brokenness and loneliness, I want them to feel like there’s hope, that God has something better for them.