Robert Skead is the author of several popular children’s books. When he is not at work or crafting stories, Robert can often be found at schools speaking with children and adults about creative writing and the importance of discovering one’s talent for a fulfilled life. Through these author visits, Robert speaks to more than 5,000 students per year. Robert lives with his wife and children in New Jersey. For more information about his school author visits and writing workshops, visit www.robertskead.com.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Sports biographies on Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I had all these ideas for stories inside me and simply needed a vehicle to get them out of my mind and onto paper. And I also wanted to encourage children to develop their talents by speaking with them at schools.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Understand that writing is rewriting. No one writes something perfect the very first time. Most importantly, don’t judge your ideas when you write—just write and go back and change things later.