Jeff Fleischer

Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based journalist and author, who has written for Mother Jones, the Sydney Morning Herald, National Geographic Traveler, Mental Floss, and Chicago Magazine.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

If I have to pick one, Charlotte’s Web, but there are dozens of contenders.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’”—Kurt Vonnegut

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Kurt Vonnegut, George Orwell, Studs Terkel

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I’ve loved books since I was little, and reading and writing were always my favorite hobbies. Plus it’s a good excuse to tell other people the stuff I enjoy learning.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Write often. Write lots of different things. Write things you know you like doing, but also things that challenge you. Don’t limit yourself.