Shannon Greenland | Five Things I'd Tell The Teen Me
July 6, 2018
Travel! I spent two years between high school and college
seeing the world. I helped bathe orphans in Mexico, saw the wall come down in
Germany, rode a bike in snowy Denmark, slept in too many airports to count, sang
on a stage in Poland, and so much more. Since then I've sailed to the Bahamas,
climbed a light house in Bermuda, hiked the Na Pali coast in Hawaii, canoed in
Venezuela, zip lined a forest, crawled through caves in Ireland, and the list
goes on… Travel! It'll open your mind and soul to this incredible earth we live
Be open to change. When your heart and gut tell you to
take a less comforting choice, consider listening. 9 times out of 10 your heart
and gut are right.
Learn a language. Be it Spanish, French, Farsi, or
whatever, dig in and learn it. Be willing to travel to a country that speaks
your chosen language and do total immersion. Be willing to take more classes
than are required for a high school diploma. Knowing another language is an
It's okay to break up with a boyfriend. What's it's not
okay to do is choose boys over friends. Boys will come and go, but friendship is
the foundation to a solid life full of laughter, love, longevity, and
Choose independence. You will be so proud of yourself for
working hard, making your own money, and achieving your own success. It's okay
to rely on someone but be ready to stand on your own feet. You will be a better,
more fulfilled person because of it.
Viola's always been that girl from that family, so a
scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her
ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola's secrets have
followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should
have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than
anyone. But then weird things start to happen.
Missing personal items.
The unsettling feeling that she's being watched.
Viola's never been one to give her trust easily, but she'll need to trust in
Riel if she's going to survive her stalker. Because she's not fighting for a new
life anymore—she's fighting to stay alive.
Shannon Greenland, or S. E. Green, is the award-winning author of the teen
thriller, Killer Instinct, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; the teen
spy series, The Specialists, an ALA Popular Paperback and a National Reader’s
Choice recipient; and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began, winner of the
Beverly Hills Book Award. Her books have been translated into several languages
and are currently on numerous state reading lists.
Shannon grew up in
Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read
her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that, she was
hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives
on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog.