Marilyn Kaye lives in Paris, France. She taught children’s and teen literature at St. John’s University in New York and has written over 100 books for young readers, including the Gifted series.
Gifted Book Series
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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.
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Jessica may not have the warmest relationship with her mother, aspiring presidential candidate Margaret Hunsucker, but it still comes as a shock when she discovers that her mother has sold her to...
Marilyn Kaye; Introduction by Reese Witherspoon
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
A modern-day fairytale--a major motion picture starring Christina Ricci, Catherine O'Hara, James McAvoy, and Reese Witherspoon.
Penelope Wilhern has everything a girl could want: A wealthy,...