Ellen Hopkins, who has written 13 books, visited Panther Valley High School on Wednesday and spoke to students during an assembly program.
Her visit garnered some controversy because of the contents of some of her books.
She made no apologies for the contents, saying she strives for honesty as she writes on topics affecting teens, including drug use, rape, prostitution, and teen pregnancy.
After her presentation, she signed autographs of her books for the students. She also met with an English class.
Students said they are inspired by her writings.