Illustration by Ana Hinojosa.

Illustration by Ana Hinojosa.

Change can be paralyzing, exhilarating, or a little of both. It can happen all at once, or a little at a time without us noticing. I am sometimes reluctant to change—even for the better—but I know that my best moments have come from making leaps (switching from journalism to soap operas, trying to write books, dating that cute writer, dumping that cute writer). And then, there are the moments that affected me whether I liked them or not. Election night felt like one of those seismic moments after which things are not the same. 

In Stealing Snow, my latest novel, Snow, a 16-year-old girl who has spent most of her life in a mental institution, has her first big life-quake after her first kiss goes wrong. What follows is a huge moment for Snow, but it is how she reacts in that revelation that the real story lies and the truth about who she is going to be is revealed. 

Tell us how you recover from the big bad, or embrace the big good. How do you deal, and what do you learn about yourself as the dust settles? Paint, draw, collage, photograph, or write about a quake moment—one that shook you to your core and changed your perspective. We look forward to reading or seeing your work!

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Danielle Paige is The New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the new Stealing Snow series.