The assistant DA turned novelist on kids who kill, being called a lady and that case she prosecuted
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Correction appended, June 27, 2014
Your fourth novel, The Competition, involves a mass shooting at a high school. Did you want it to be part of the conversation about schoolyard assaults?
When I wrote it, I was reaching back to Columbine, thinking, How do kids end up this way? Who wants to believe that their child goes to a school that’s a death zone? Then came Sandy Hook and then one after another after another after another. It was so upsetting. For a minute there, I thought maybe I should drop this book.
Do you worry that bringing more attention to these killings might inspire copycats?