Nine Teenagers. Nine Secrets. An Ordinary Middle School with a Few Extraordinary Exceptions
Where did you grow up?
What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
I can’t remember NOT making up stories.
What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
I had a story to tell.
Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
Childhood—anything by Noel Streatfield; also, Little Women, and the books of Maud Hart Lovelace. As an adult—Catcher in the Rye, Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, and about a million others.
What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
Learning French, travel
Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?
I loved all the books by the late Robert Cormier—I liked his attitude toward realism.
What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Write every day; keep a diary.