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).
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Ramona the Pest, by Beverly Cleary
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 Laura Ingalls Wilder
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I love writing, I love reading, and I always wanted to see my name on the cover of a book!
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Value every piece of writing you create. Every story, journal entry, email, school assignment (whether you enjoy it or not!), etc. builds your skills as a writer and helps you find your voice. Discovering what you want to say, how you want to say it, and what kind of writing you like to do is an ongoing process. Have fun with it and believe in yourself. You can reach your writing goals!