Interview with YA Graphic Novel Winner Jarrett Krosoczka

How does your family feel about their portrayal in the book?

As I was writing HEY, KIDDO, I had my family read early drafts to ensure that my memories were in line with their understanding of how events unfolded. So, nobody was surprised on publication day.

Have you come to understand how your mother ended up an addict?

My mother chose drugs just once, after that, the choice was made for her as she plunged into addiction. It was a battle she fought until the very end. She herself had trauma when she was a child, as did my grandmother. It was a vicious cycle.

What part of your story was hardest to share?

There were several parts that were difficult to put down on paper, I wouldn’t be able to identify just one.

What do you hope readers take away from your story?

For readers that are living with trauma, I hope that they might be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel. And for readers who have am ore idyllic home life, I hope that my book might elicit empathy for their peers.

If you don’t mind us asking, what’s next for you?

More stories that are told with words and pictures—for readers of all ages!

Thank you so much for your time!

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