Roberta Gibson is an entomologist with a master’s degree from Cornell University. She worked for a number of years as a research specialist before she caught the writing bug. When she’s not writing, she reads, takes photographs, and studies martial arts. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and son.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White had a big impact on me.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”― Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
It is hard to name only three, but I believe Sue Fliess and Dusti Bowling are authors to watch, and of course, who can compare with J.K. Rowling.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I have always been passionate about reading and books. For a long time I wrote about other people’s books to promote reading. Eventually, however, I realized I had things to say about science and nature, which made me want to write my own.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
It takes time — as well as trial and error — to discover your place as an author. Learn from the experiences of others, but find your own path.