by Kristen Kucharski
Glancer Magazine Junior Reporters first met and interviewed actress, model, singer, dancer, author, and Disney Channel star, Bella Thorne at Naperville’s Last Fling back in 2011 and they were excited to meet up with her again at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville to learn more about AUTUMN FALLS – Thorne’s newly released book by Random House Children’s Books.
The book, which is about a real girl trying to find her inner strength and be the best she can be, mixed with a hint of magic and mystery and a steady stream of boys, gossip, and I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened fun, is inspired by actual events from Thorne’s own personal life. AUTUMN FALLS is very relatable for a group of tween girls like Glancer’s Junior Reporters who, like the main character, Autumn Falls, are still trying to figure out how they fit into life.
At 14 years old, the main character Autumn will grow and develop throughout the planned trilogy series. “I picked that age because that’s when things really started to click for me; that’s when I really began to understand myself,” Thorne says. “When I was 14, I was trying to be someone else and trying to impress people and make other people happy before myself, and I really had to grow up and realize that you have to make yourself happy too.” Growing up with dyslexia, reading and writing have not always been easy for Thorne and she admits to being very nervous about writing a book but, “I wanted to show kids that if I’m dyslexic and I can write a book series, then I’m no different than you guys; so if I can do it, you surely can,” she shares. “When I do essays in school, even though it’s tough for me, I actually LOVE writing them; I have a very imaginative personality.”
The 17-year old’s future plans include going to college to pursue writing and/or directing one day, and she hopes readers will learn from her books that when one door closes, another one opens. “When my father died, the only way I could look at it was realizing that there must be a reason that he passed away,” Thorne shares. “Maybe that I’ll become a stronger person; that I’ll be able to do many more things in my life - with a heart of gold - because I’ve been through so much.”
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