Adam Stemple

Adam Stemple is an author and American folk rock musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has co-written many books with his mother, Jane Yolen.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha by Lloyd Alexander

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“The sun set over the East River like it knew it was coming.” -Andrew Vachss

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Dianna Wynne Jones
Walter John Williams
J.R.R. Tolkien

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I grew up surrounded by authors, artists, artisans, and musicians. A career in the creative arts was almost inevitable.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Finish what you started. Especially if it’s a piece of some length. All the professionals I know are finishers. Too many writers fail to fight through the mid-book doldrums. It doesn’t necessarily get easier the more books you’ve completed, but it does get less intimidating. Once you’ve finished a long piece, you never have to do it the first time again.