David Zeltser

Fiona Dulbecco

David Zeltser is the author of the Lug series, Ninja Baby, Stinker, and The Universe Ate My Homework. He studied physics at Harvard and was fortunate to co-author a paper with the world renowned physicist Howard Georgi. Now David writes children’s books, graphic novels, and screenplays and lives with his family and many barking sea lions in Santa Cruz, California. Follow him on Twitter (@davidzeltser) and at www.davidzeltser.com.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Very early on, I remember devouring The Great Brain books.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, and Kate DiCamillo

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love how a story can simultaneously be an escape from reality and yet, through its audience, have the power to enrich the world.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

When revising, keep in mind that most readers’ suggestions contain something of value. The key is not so much to take them verbatim as to find the underlying problems that inspired the suggestions—problems that readers are sometimes not even consciously aware of.