Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas come from my imagination, from observation (which includes eavesdropping!), and from memories of how I felt as a kid.
What advice do you have for kids who want to be writers?
First, read constantly. Read what you love. Second, get comfortable sharing your work. Find readers who will give constructive advice, and try to listen with an open mind. Third, get to love revising! Think of it as a chance to make your work the best it can be. Fourth, and most important, don’t give up!
Do you write every day?
I write most days. But even when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about my story.
Do you write longhand or on a computer?
On a computer, because it has a delete button. I can’t write something without unwriting it, and erasing makes holes in the paper.
Do you always make an outline?
I used to hate outlines. Lately I’ve become convinced that outlining the plot ahead of time makes the actual writing easier, faster and more fun!
Yes! In fact, I used to tell people I wanted to be an “authoress.” But I also went through a period when I wanted to be a ballerina, and look how that turned out!
What do you do for fun?
I read, listen to music, watch movies, and do hard crossword puzzles. I love taking long walks with my dog, Ripley, and playing with my cats, Luna and Coal. And I’m a big fan of the NY Yankees!
If I write, will you answer?
Yes, but I get a lot of mail, so please understand if I don’t answer right away!