Heather E. Schwartz

When Heather E. Schwartz was thirteen years old, she tracked down several lead orphans from the 1983 movie “Annie” and interviewed them by phone. As an adult, she realized she could apply those same early instincts to a career as a journalist and writer. She is the author of more than 35 nonfiction children’s titles, published by Lerner Publishing Group, Capstone Press, Teacher Created Materials, Lucent Books, and Tangerine Press, a Scholastic imprint. She has written articles for National Geographic Kids and Discovery Girls. In addition, she developed the content for KidsGetArthritisToo.org, the juvenile section of the Arthritis Foundation’s website. Other credits in the children’s market include articles for Teen, Girls’ Life, and All About You magazines. Additionally, Ms. Schwartz is a former editor at Bridal Guide magazine, co-author of Bridal Guide Magazine’s How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Gown (Warner, 2004), and contributor to The Takeout Cookbook (Knock Knock 2007).

Interview

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?

“Green leaves and red berries, and purple flowers and pink cherries, red tables and yellow chairs, black trees with golden pears.” The Color Kittens, by Margaret Wise Brown

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Norma Klein

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I always loved writing, especially school assignments and essays on tests. I just loved working with words! My favorite books to read were fiction, but my favorite to write are nonfiction.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

If you like writing, you can grow up to be a writer, even if you don’t think of yourself as a storyteller. Nonfiction might be for you if you like the kind of writing you do for school. And don’t worry—nonfiction writers get to be creative, too!