The New Nancy Drew

At three-thirty, when local high schools let out, I regularly caught the Dufferin bus near my place in downtown Toronto and used the long ride northbound to Yorkdale Mall to snoop on teens’ conversations, Shazam songs they were playing too loudly on earbuds, and read flirty chat messages over their shoulders. While I kept a notebook open and jotted down lines of dialogue and character notes, nobody ever guessed I was a writer. I wrote two young adult novels at that suburban mall, sitting...

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