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Susan Schnur is a Reconstructionist rabbi whose “paper pulpit” is Lilith magazine, a Jewish women’s quarterly. Susan lives with her husband in Boston, Massachusetts.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Harold and the Purple Crayon series.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
The last lines from Charlotte’s Web: “Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
For children’s book authors, I love Daniel Pinkwater. For grownup book authors, I love Rilke. My fave children’s book illustrator is N.C. Wyeth.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I’ve written since I was 6 years old. Though I went to seminary and then got a doctorate in psychology, in the heartiest part of my hearty-heart-heart, I have always been, and remain, a writer.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
To write children’s literature, you should start by being a child.