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1. When you were my age (10), did you have a book inspire or impact you?
When I was 10 I decided to become a writer. My favorite books were Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Hundred Dresses.
2. Have you read anything recently that inspired or impacted you?
I love Dusti Bowling’s books!
3. Can you share what your usual day as an author looks like?
I try to wake early, walk my dog and write for several hours. I love taking long walks in the woods to let my mind work on story problems.
4. Is there a newer or less know author you think kids should know about?
Linda Urban is a great writer, especially her book A Crooked Kind of Perfect.
5. What is a cool thing about being an author?
So many cool things. I love getting to meet young people and sharing my passion for reading and writing with them.
6. Is there anything hard about being an author? I know it is not rainbows, cupcakes, pens and a pot of gold.
Oh, if only it were rainbows, cupcakes, pens, pots of gold and unicorns. Writing means a lot of time alone, working hard to express the ideas in your head in a way that young readers will connect with.
7. Book access and diversity in books is a big topic. As an author what do you think your role is in this topic?
I work to get books into the hands of young people who need them most through donations and organizations that provide books for young people. I personally diversify my own reading lists and recommend diverse books and authors.
8. If you could portal into any book which would it be?
It would be fun to join my character Olivia Bean on the set of Jeopardy!
Thanks so much!
My new book coming in October is The Paris Project: