Elizabeth Svoboda

Elizabeth Svoboda is a science writer who has contributed to The New York Times, Psychology Today, and O: the Oprah Magazine. She lives in San Jose with her husband and young son.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Giver, The Diary of Anne Frank

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”—Anne Frank, Tales from the Secret Annex

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Anne Lamott, Jane Yolen, Lois Lowry

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To write down the stories swirling around inside my head—and to give readers the same connection and solace I always found in books.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Write, write, write! And equally: Read, read, read! Reading will give you a sense of the magic you can conjure with words, and writing will help you learn to create that magic all on your own.