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J.L. Powers writes angst-ridden fiction for teens (but wishes she could be funny instead...) Her latest novel is THIS THING CALLED THE FUTURE (Cinco Puntos, 2011), a coming-of-age novel set in post-apartheid South Africa.

Background Information

I grew up in the Southwest along the U.S.-Mexico border, which has had a major influence on my writing since it wasn't anything like the rest of the U.S. Growing up in another culture led me to an intense interest in all things Latino; as an adult, I've also expanded my areas of interest to Africa. I am fascinated by religion--how it can be both a healing and a harmful force--and I'm fascinated by how complicated people are. Whenever I read about somebody's job, I think, "I'd like to do that." Then I realize I'd like to do it for about 3 months--just long enough to write about it--so I've decided not to try any more careers out and just stick to writing, thank you very much.

Birth Place
Princeton, NJ USA

This Thing Called the Future (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011);
The Confessional by J.L. Powers (Knopf, 2007)
A Bark in the Park: The 45 Best Places to Hike With Your Dog in the Las Cruces/El Paso Region by Jessica Powers (Cruden Bay Press, 2003)
Labor Pains and Birth Stories (Catalyst Book Press, 2009)

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