Peer pressure is just that: pressure.
Now I don't really write for adults or kids - I don't write for kids, I write about them. I think you need to do that, otherwise you end up preaching down.
I became a children's author by accident.
Even including myself, my favorite author is Eileen Spinelli, who I happen to live with. She's a terrific writer and has written several of my all-time favorites.
I went to Gettysburg College, where the famous Civil War battle was fought. I majored in English. I would've liked to major in writing, but they didn't offer a major in that.
I have a curious background for someone who turns out to be a writer.
Kids still can be said to live in their own little world. Even if their parents are helicoptering around them, assigning play dates and so forth, I think they're still living in some sense of their own little perceptual worlds.
Nobody told me how hard it was going to be to get published. I wrote four novels that nobody wanted, sent them out all over, collected hundreds and hundreds of rejection slips.
Usually it takes me about nine to 12 months to write a book.
Write what you care about. If you do that, you stand the best chance of doing your best writing.
In my mind, I'm writing for everybody.
I seem to have a natural tendency to want to share my own observations and feelings with other people, and writing seems to be the way I'm best equipped to do that.
Actually, between books is precisely when I do give myself vacations.
I became a children's author by accident. As far as I'm concerned, I write for everybody.
I played Little League in junior high and high school.
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