1. When you were my age (11), did you like to read?
Did I ever! I think I’ve always loved reading, but I have a distinctive memory from when I was your age. I had started reading The Lord of the Rings. My copy was 1008 pages long, and it took me all year to finish reading it. I started carrying it around with me everywhere, and I would read it even while I was walking (which led to me bumping into things, because I was paying more attention to the book than to real life). I still have that habit.
2. What is a book that made an impact on you?
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Don Wood. I read this wonderful picture book so many times when I was little that I had it memorized. I could read it all by myself before I really knew how to read, because I just knew all the words. I think I could still recite the book by memory.
3. Is it hard to come up with book ideas?
Coming up with ideas isn’t hard (for me). The hardest part about being an author is getting other people as excited about my ideas as I am. I’m a better writer than a salesman, I think.
4. What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?
Go for it! What’s stopping you? And don’t be afraid to share your work with others. There’s not much point in being an author without readers.
5. As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that??
Sometimes, but I would like to hear from my readers more. It can be a little bit scary hearing from my readers, though, because my readers don’t always like how i end my stories!
6. If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be?
I would love to portal into the world of The Littlest Dinosaur, because A, I love dinosaurs, and B, the dinosaurs in The Littlest Dinosaur aren’t scary like the ones in Jurassic Park. They’re friendly, they eat hummus, and they like throwing parties. Seems like it would be a fun time!