Q: WHERE AND WHEN DO YOU WRITE?
A: Anywhere, and at all hours. Seriously. BUT, I do like to go to a coffee shop, sit down with my iced coffee and write. I like the background noise. Plus I listen to conversations. Sometimes I get ideas.
Q: IS WRITING EASY?
A: No! Writing is hard. I have to go through draft after draft to get to the final version. Or at least what I think is a final version. Each picture book takes about a year until I’m happy with the text.
Q: DO YOU ALSO DRAW?
A: Nope. Can’t draw. Not really. LOVE to doodle. Especially funny faces. But real drawing? No way. I focus on the words. That’s difficult enough for me.
Q: ARE YOU AN EXPERT AT WRITING?
A: Fughetaboutit! I learn everyday. There’s so much to know! But I love to find out what I don’t know. It’s the only way to get better.
Q: WHEN YOU WRITE, DO YOU FOCUS ON ONE STORY, OR MORE?
A: Now, THAT is a great question. I like to work on a few different picture book stories at the same time. If I get stuck on one, I turn my attention to another. It prevents me from getting too frustrated. After a while, I might go back to that first story with fresh eyes.
Q: WHERE DO YOU GET ALL YOUR GREAT IDEAS?
A: Well, thank YOU very much for the kind words! The answer is, everywhere. By watching and reading about the news, and listening to people talking to each other. Sometimes it’s a memory of when I was a kid. ALSO, there’s many great stories that have been published for adults, but never put into picture books for kids. My story, “Waiting for Pumpsie” is one of those.