1. What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
When I learned how to print, in first grade, I wrote and illustrated a series of books (actually, they were folded and stapled sheets of notebook paper, but hey, that counts, right?) about a family of kittens known as The Rickety Kittens. Each book focused on a different kitten adventure. Each adventure was fraught with danger. Each adventure had a ending.
2. What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
There’s nothing I love more than reading, and I wanted to write the kind of novel I loved to read.
3. Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
4. What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
As a child, my favorite books were Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss and My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George.
5. What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
Given my druthers, I'd travel the world for pleasure and adventure at least half the time. What else do I most love? Chinese food, running, walking, hiking, quilting, laughing with my children and friends and family, and cooking.
6. What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?