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What was your favorite book when you were a child?
When I was REALLY young my father would read Winnie The Pooh to me. I loved it. Once I could read on my own my favorites were the Little Bear books. As I got older my favorites were Where The Red Fern Grows and My Side Of The Mountain.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“Each man, when he dies, sees the landscape of his soul.” Martine Leavitt. Keturah and Lord Death.
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Neal Schusterman, AM Jenkins, Markus Zusak
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I have always loved writing and reading – I don’t think I made a conscious decision to become a writer, it’s just who I am, regardless of whether or not I was published.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Read A LOT. Read everything, even if you don’t like it. You can always learn something.
Write A LOT. As writers we are told “write what you know” and this is true, but you can learn just about anything. Don’t be afraid to try new things – poetry, non-fiction, picture books, novels. Even if you’re not good at it. You can always learn something.