Tell me a little about yourself: Hi! I’m Abby, and I’m the author of STICKS & STONES (2016), BUBBLES (2017), and FRIEND OR FICTION (which comes out October 8, 2019!) I live in Minnesota with my miniature poodle, Louis, and lots and lots of books. I love to read and write. I was actually a school librarian before I became an author!
When you were my age (9), did you like to read? Yes! Reading and writing were my favorite things to do.
What was your favorite story? At that age, my favorite book was FRINDLE by Andrew Clements. That’s the book that made me a real reader. There was just something about it that made me so excited to read and write as much as I could. I think there’s a book like that for everyone. If you haven’t found yours yet, don’t give up!
How do you get your ideas?My ideas are a mixture of real-life inspiration and “what if” questions. I love to observe things in the real world and combine them with unusual or magical things.
What author do you really like right now? There are so many authors I love. Sally Pla is one of my favorites right now. She’s written two amazing books: THE SOMEDAY BIRDS and STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE. I just got a sneak peek at something she’s working on, and it’s awesome!
Do you have any new or lesser known authors you would suggest?Some new books I’ve read and enjoyed lately include PROPERTY OF THE REBEL LIBRARIAN by Allison Varnes, IF THIS WERE A STORY by Beth Turley, and TIGHT by Torrey Maldonado.
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?Read and write as much as you possibly can. Also, carry a notebook with you wherever you go! You never know where or when inspiratio
n will strike.
As an author, do you hear from your readers?What do you like about that? I do, and it makes me so happy! My goal is to write books that are fun to read but also make a positive difference in people’s lives. It means so much to me to find out when a reader has connected to one of my stories or characters.
If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be? That would be so cool! I love Natalie Lloyd’s books and have always wanted to visit one of her settings. I think that would be a ton of fun.