Lewis B. Montgomery

Lewis B. Montgomery is a pen name for Mara Rockliff, who is also the author of many other books for Kane Press under the pen names Nan Walker and Eleanor May. She is famous for her lemon bars, her holey socks, and her imitation of a gorilla, which makes up in enthusiasm for whatever it may lack in technical accuracy. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Swiss Family Robinson. Closely followed by the Narnia books, the Betsy-Tacey books, the All-of-a-Kind Family books, the Great Brain books, anything by E. Nesbit, Edward Eager, Noel Streatfeild, Madeleine L’Engle, E. L. Konigsburg, Joan Aiken…I’ll stop now.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?” (opening line of Charlotte’s Web). Favorite line from an unpublished story: “Zeus invited himself to the party as a plate of pork.” (Original myth by my third-grader.) Happily, Zeus was unable to trick the human maiden into consuming him, as she was a vegetarian.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope. Or M.C. Beaton, Janet Evanovich, Laurie R. King. Or Eva Ibbotson, Diana Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman. Or Sara Pennypacker, Jeanne Birdsall, Peggy Gifford. I’ll stop now.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

WORLD DOMINATION! (evil laugh)

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

(1) Start today. (2) Marry rich. (Marrying rich can wait if necessary. I haven’t gotten to it yet myself.)