Meet the author: Deb Pilutti

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When you were my age, did you like to read? I loved reading anything. Picture books, fairy tales, chapter books. I also devoured biographies from our school library.

What was your favorite story? I have two:Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, and Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni.

How do you get your ideas? Several of my book ideas have come from doodling a character. I have many sketchbooks filled with doodles, and every once in awhile, I want to know more about a character, and that becomes a story.

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book? Spending so much time on something that I enjoy does not always feel like work, but it does require constant exploration, writing, editing and rewriting to make a book. It can take many months or years to complete.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? It’s usually the one I am working on.The Secrets of Ninja School is coming out in March, so that is my current favorite.

What author do you really like right now? There are so many wonderful books out there, so it is hard to choose one! Alison DeCamp’sMy Near Death Adventures (99% true!) is hilarious. And the picture books by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko are lovely.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Read! Also, don’t be afraid of revision.

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