When you were my age, did you like to read? I’ve always loved to read. When I was younger, I read biographies of famous women like Marie Curie, Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale. When I was a bit older, I read novels by Charles Dickens like Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and all the novels of Edna Ferber.
What was your favorite story? My favorite was So Big by Edna Ferber.
How do you get your ideas? I decided to write my children’s book series “On A Planet Named Up-In-The-Sky” based on another planet because I could make up characters like Ms. Ella Robophant and Braver-Than-Brave and all kinds of strange and wonderful things like meatball flowers, lollipop stamps and pink jellyfish clouds. I’ve always loved writing poetry so it was natural for me to rhyme the story.
Is it hard to write a book? It’s a lot of fun, especially since I was able to write it with my son, Keith. It’s also a lot of work to edit your story. We were constantly re-writing and cutting things out to make the story make sense. It was certainly worth it for me.
What author do you really like right now? I like adventure, mystery novels by Steve Berry and Clive Cussler among others.
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?
If you want to be an author, go for it! Don’t worry about whether it’s perfect, just write what interests you and you can always edit it later.