The success of her first published book hasn't changed White's sense of what YA is about: fun comes first. But she also emphasizes that she writes for teens because she remembers "what it felt like to be there." Magical beings from folklore are a natural fit for her, she says, since "these creatures are essentially personifications of adolescent problems," and give her the freedom to explore YA issues in a dramatic, imaginative way.
Read the rest of the interview; Flying Starts 2010. Kiersten White is directly after Adam Gidwitz.