Corinne Demas

Photo by Matthew Roehrig

Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including two short story collections, three novels, a memoir, and a collection of poetry. Her picture books include Always in Trouble, Saying Goodbye to Lulu, and The Littlest Matryoshka (written under the name Corinne Demas Bliss). Her new novel, The Writing Circle, was published this past summer. She is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a Fiction Editor of The Massachusetts Review. She lives with her family, her dog, and two miniature donkeys in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Picture book: The Golden Egg Book (by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated y Leonard Weisgard)
Novel: Mistress Masham’s Repose (by T. H. White)

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“I’m a city child. I live at the Plaza.” (from Eloise by Kay Thompson)

“And no one was every alone again.” (from The Golden Egg Book, see above)

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

middle grade/YA: E. B. White
adult: Jane Austen
Ted Lewin, Kathryn Brown, R. V. Alley, Ard Hoyt

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

It’s such a joy to be able to create characters, to be able to design entire worlds!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read! Read! Read!