Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Are You Working On Now?
I'm busy with a book about clouds and psychic ability. This summer during a lovely seaside holiday in Oregon, I decided to include some of the great things I was seeing in my next novel. So the town I'll be creating in this new book is a mish mash of a bunch of those beautiful towns: Yachats, Newport, Cannon Beach. The main character is Nyla, who works in her family's restaurant, thinks her Mom shouldn't worry about her body so much, and is beginning to see clouds forming over people that tell her exactly what they're thinking...whether she wants to know or not.
2. How do you get your ideas?
I get my ideas from all the kids around me - my own children, my nieces and nephews, the children I teach and sometimes kids at author readings. I am also inspired by memories of my own childhood, which was quite a while ago now, but doesn't seem that long at all! For me, there is nothing as powerful to write about as a personal experience.
Visit this page for more details about the ideas behind each of my books.
3. Which book is your favourite?
Often my latest book is my favourite. It's fun to read the new story to audiences, as I've read many of my stories so many times that I hardly need the books anymore! Also, I hope I'm becoming a better and better writer as I keep at it, so I hope each new book is a little better than the last one.
4. Do you get to choose your own illustrators?
I can certainly make suggestions about the illustrator, but in the end the editor decides on the illustrator. I get to see at least some of the art before the book is published, but mostly that part of the book is controlled by the illustrator, with some help from the editor.
I have always been very lucky with my illustrators - they've done a wonderful job. Clearly, they don't need my help at all!
5. Is it okay to send you a letter or a drawing?
I's love it. I get of these; below are a few from a class who studied my books. Here are some of their words and drawings about Number 21.
If you have any other questions that you would like to ask e-mail me.