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Did you take some risks in 2012? Or will 2013 be your year to take some crazy chances? Today, we have Kat Zhang, author of What’s Left of Me, discussing this very topic as part of our holiday author takeover.



The Year of Taking Crazy Chances by Kat Zhang

I can’t believe that in a few days, 2012 will be over. It’s crazy, and it’s definitely a year that will be seared in my mind forever. It’s the year I went to BookExpo America (the mecca of all things bookish, I swear), the year I got to meet my agent and editor for the first time (plus the awesome-tastic EpicReads girls! Sadly, Snarkles hadn’t yet joined the team), the year I started my senior year of college, and, of course, the year What’s Left of Me hit shelves.

The thing is, many of the most awesome things that happened to me in 2012 happened because in early 2009, I took a crazy chance (crazy because I really should have been, you know, studying for IB and AP tests) and started writing a story. Then in 2011, I took another crazy chance and started querying it.

In general, I’m not really a “crazy chances” kind of person. I color in the lines. I like to know where I’m going to land before I leap. But you know what? It’s almost New Years, and as my resolution, I’m declaring 2013 The Year of Taking Crazy Chances. Yes, for you, too.

(yes, there are limits. no, don’t break any laws. no, “Kat said I should” will NOT fly with the police.)

I have a board on Pinterest where I collect interesting quotes. A recent favorite is:

Now, all of you probably aren’t like me. For some people, taking chances and being a little crazy comes easily. If you are like me, though, sometimes you need a little push. You need a reminder that crazy can be good 😉 This is your push. Your reminder.

So go out there. Do something you’ve never done before, something you’ve never even thought about doing—or something you’ve always wanted to do but never dared to. Take a leap without looking for the ground. Maybe you’ll discover yourself somewhere more awesome than you ever dreamed.

Crazy things I’ve already got lined up for 2013? Well, for starters, I just applied for grad school, so that’s going to be new 😉 I’m also taking an acting class and a film production class next semester, two things I’ve never really done before (acting, a little—film production, not at all!).

What’s the craziest chance you took this past year? Anything big planned for 2013?

P.S. Leaping off high surfaces not actually recommended. Unless you’re going skydiving. Have heard that’s quite the thrill!


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