How did you know you wanted to be an author? I began thinking about being a writer after several years of teaching elementary school. I was so taken by my students’ response to the books I was reading to them that I started to pay much more attention to books. And, well, as they say…I got hooked.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Read, study, and practice. There’s really no other way. Read for pleasure, but then go back and tear the book apart asking yourself, Why does it work? What is the author doing that keeps me turning the page? And then apply what you’ve learned to your own writing.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I get up in the morning and I work–everyday of the week (sans weekends). My favorite author saying is: “I work and work and work and work, until it doesn’t look like I’ve worked at all” (M. B. Goffstein).
What message to you want readers to remember?I’m less interested in leaving a “message” behind than I am leaving an emotion behind. When readers read my books, especially my books for young readers, I want to move them emotionally, not necessarily send them a message.
How can fans get in contact with you?When it comes to my writing, here are three things readers can do: