Brad Meltzer

As I now often tell my daughter Lila, no matter what stage of life you’re in, when you want something – no matter how impossible it seems – you need to fight for it. When you believe in something, fight for it. And when you see injustice, fight harder than you’ve ever fought before.

There are some people in your life who bring back old memories. And there are others – your first kiss, your first love, your first sex – who, the moment you see them, bring a spark…and something far more potent. They bring back your old life and with that, potential. And possibilities. And the feeling that if you were back in that time, life could be so very different from where you’re stuck right now. That’s the most tantalizing thing….I want my potential back.

On the day my daughter was born, I started writing a book for her. The plan was that, over the course of her life, I’d fill it with advice on how to be a strong woman. But along the way, I got caught up in the stories of Amelia Earhart, Sally Ride, and so many others. So how do you pick the best heroes for your kids?

When I was in that danger…I felt like I was shaken awake…after everything she made me feel…I made a decision and went to sleep. Do you know what that’s like – trying to go to sleep, and lose yourself in the hopes of burying the worst fears in your life?…I wasn’t in love with the past. I was terrified of my own future.