Author Erin Hahn, a 2000 McHenry High School - West Campus graduate, freely acknowledges that it took her some time to figure out what she wanted to do in high school.
Hahn, whose first book “You’d Be Mine,” was published in April, encourages young people to keep trying anyway.
“I was totally the person in high school who quit everything,” Hahn said during a recent visit to her alma mater.
“I’m not a super go-getter. And that’s something I want to impress upon you guys,” she said. “But I found something I didn’t want to quit and I kept doing it.”
Hahn encouraged students interested in writing books to find a career path, pursue it, then write books on the side. And she told students that while they may face some rejection, keep at it.
While “You’d Be Mine” is her first book to be published, it is actually the sixth book she’s written, she said. The story behind Country music legends Johnny and June Carter Cash was her inspiration for “You’d Be Mine.”
She told students that authors can self-publish or they can work through a traditional publishing company, as she did. Hahn said she sent more than 400 letters to book agents trying to get her book published.
Hahn said she may not have always enjoyed being a teen herself, but she's happy to write for and about young audiences now.
“There’s something to be said for ignoring the trends altogether and just writing the book you need or you want,” she told students.
Hahn has a degree in sociology from Northern Michigan University, and is a special education paraprofessional at an elementary school in Ann Arbor. To learn more, visit her website.