Nancy Roe Pimm

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Nancy Roe-Pimm spent a lot of time reading books and fantasizing about living on a horse farm in Montana. She married a rodeo cowboy who soon became a professional race car driver. After working in the pits for ten years on the Indy and NASCAR circuits, Nancy wrote children’s books on the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500. Due to her love of animals and her affiliation with the Columbus Zoo, she has two nonfiction books about gorillas, The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories and Colo’s Story: The Life Of One Grand Gorilla.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I read every book in Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series—loved them!

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“It wasn’t there. Then it was. Later, that was how Angela DuPre would describe the airplane—over and over, to one investigator after another—until she was told never to speak of it again.”  —Margaret Peterson Haddix in Found

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Margaret Peterson Haddix, Jerry Spinelli, and Suzanne Collins

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I wrote my first nonfiction book when I was ten years old, titled Horses, Horses, Horses. I always loved to read and write.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Just read, read, and read some more. Be persistent in submitting and never give up.