Ideas are always floating in my head about individuals in society and why people act the way they do — the way people create attitudes and behaviors and consumption patterns and how that is reflected in our society and culture. I just have an interest in humanity in general.
Life in the U.S. after 9/11. That moment in history is going to define my generation and certainly the current youth generation being focused on in the book. I wanted to find these American youths and ask them what their lives are like now in this country. Are there difficulties? Are they subject to discrimination and prejudice?
Obviously, I know about technology, but when you see the young end of the spectrum and the amount of technology that they are savvy to any waking moment of the day. ... It got to the point where I had to adapt to their lifestyle to try to stay in touch with people — to do interviews and meet people. I don’t think I have sent more text messages in my life. For some people, that was the only way I could get ahold of them.Visit americanyouthbook.com for more information.