Eric A. Kimmel
Eric A. Kimmel has been writing for children for more than 40 years. His 100-plus titles include such classics as Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and The Chanukkah Guest. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Treasure Island.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“One more step, Mr. Hands, and I’ll blow your brains out. Dead men don’t bite, you know.” (Treasure Island)
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Authors: Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Grimm Brothers. Illustrators: Trina Schart Hyman, Leonard Everett Fisher, Ivan Bilibin
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
No other career ever seemed as exciting or as interesting. I felt that way 60 years ago and I still feel that way today.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Persistence is what counts, not talent.