J. Fallenstein likes to scare herself by asking “what if?” She sometimes writes scary stories that answer that question. You can find her at midnight in Minnesota wide awake wondering what that noise was.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
I was a voracious reader. I read Jack London, Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Judy Blume, and many, many others.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“…and it was still hot.”—Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Linda Sue Park, Alvin Schwartz, Lois Lowry
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I always loved a good story.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Keep reading. Write, even if you never show it to anyone else.