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Website: DavidLevithan.com

David Levithan is the author of novels Boy Meets Boy, Are We There Yet? and The Realm of Possibility. He has also co-written novels, is the editor of the PUSH imprint at Scholastic and his short fiction has also been included in publications and collections. Boy Meets Boy has won numerous Young Adult literature awards.

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How They Met and Other Stories (Knopf, Jan 2008) 

Reviewed by Angela Meyer

Interview with David Levithan

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

David Levithan: It actually took me twenty years. The first one was written as a Valentine's Day story for my friends my junior year of high school. And the last one was written as a  Valentine's Day story for my friends when I would have been in twenty-first grade.

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

DL: Not until about the last two of three. It honestly blows my mind to imagine what my junior-year-of-high-school self would have thought had someone told him the story he was writing would be published twenty years later in a collection by Knopf... and that it would be his eighth book.

TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

DL: I just imagined it was a mix tape and that the stories were songs. I can't explain why they seemed to fit in the order they did -- it just seemed right.

TSR: Do you have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?

DL: For these stories, it was mostly my friends. Although a couple of them started in YA anthologies, so I knew they'd be read by teens.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your
collection, anything at all?

DL: Well, I always ask which story a reader liked the most. Which I'm sure is a rather annoying question to be asked by the author... but in many ways, that means you only have to say you liked one twentieth of the book, and you're off the hook for the other nineteen.

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

DL: Incredible. Especially when I get MySpace or Facebook messages from readers who say the books have meant something to them. That never gets old.

TSR: What are you working on now?

DL: A novel with my friend John Green, called Will Grayson, Will Grayson. It should be out next summer.

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

DH: First Kiss (Then Tell), an anthology, Black Juice by Margo Lanegan, Grl2Grl by Julie Ann Peters