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I grew up in Rhode Island, enjoying my new backyard where we grew one of everything – a pea plant, a tomato plant, a gladiolus, etc. I loved being only minutes away from the ocean. Eating “Johnny cakes” and clams.
I was always terribly shy and spent a great deal of time observing people and the beauty around me, storing it up, for I never guessed that I’d end up being a writer.
Now that I’m an adult and a writer, I still feel like a child. In fact, I often feel like someone impersonating a grownup, so it’s far easier for me to write for children
Life is full of so many wonderful things – happy, sad, amazing, puzzling, beautiful and ugly things. Writing helps me to figure out the world. I love the power of words and how powerful I feel when I use them the right way. I intensely value imagination and worry that many children have it knocked out of them as they grow up and are exposed to life, mass culture, and the media. I love using my imagination when I write. I feel I am speaking very directly to my children. To me, children are the best!
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