...in that one way to make one's adolescent angst useful later in life is to repurpose it for inclusion in a short story collection AVAILABLE NOW FROM BLOOMSBURY!
Check it out:
First Kiss (Then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments.
25 teen authors recount the story of their first kiss. Mine's called "First Last Kiss." And I'm in some truly excellent company INCLUDING Ro Com authors PJ Ruditis and Niki Burnam.
Now, if only I were making royalties off of all of those painful memories....