Barbara Krasner

Barbara Krasner publishes the popular blog, The Whole Megillah: The Writer’s Resource for Jewish-Themed Story. She is the author of many articles, short stories, poems, and books. She lives in New Jersey and teaches in the English and History departments of New Jersey colleges and universities.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“The woods were silent except for the screaming.”—M. T. Anderson

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

After reading Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist, I realized I’d been writing my whole life. But writing the eulogy for my father’s funeral in 1997 taught me that I had things to say and writing was the way I needed to express them.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Be consistent. Be persistent. Persevere even when you think you shouldn’t.