Sarah Richman is a writer, author, and poet based in Washington, DC, where she helps run a magic shop and writing center. Her work is published across the United States and Scotland. She likes good tea and bad jokes, and believes that well-told stories can change the world.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“Stay angry, little Meg,” Mrs. Whatsit whispered. “You will need all your anger now.”
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I was a really shy kid. I didn’t always feel like I had a place in this world, so I started making up characters who did. Then I started making up new worlds altogether. I realized that by writing stories down, I could preserve what I’d built in my head—and that I could invite others to explore it with me.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Put more energy into writing well than into convincing the world that you’re somebody who writes well. When you are, they’ll know.