Marcia Amidon Lusted

Marcia Amidon Lusted has written 130 books and more than 500 magazine articles for young readers. She is a freelance editor and writing instructor, as well as a musician. She lives in New Hampshire.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Ah, music! A magic beyond all we do here.” -Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

For kids: J. K. Rowling, Elizabeth Enright, Suzanne Collins. For adults: Donna Leon, David McCullough, Jacqueline Winspear

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love to tell stories, both real and made-up ones.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read as much as you possibly can, and all different types of books.