Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.
Everything I write comes from my childhood in one way or another. I am forever drawing on the sense of mystery and wonder and possibility that pervaded that time of my life.
I think of myself as an enormously lucky person.
I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends and I am an aunt to three lovely children.
Every well-written book is a light for me. When you write, you use other writers and their books as guides in the wilderness.
I am busier now than I ever imagined I would be, but I feel blessed in that I have found what I am supposed to be doing with my life. It's wonderful to tell stories and have people listen to them.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which means I had a lot of formal training in reading.
It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. The best way for children to treasure reading is to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.
Hands down, the biggest thrill is to get a letter from a kid saying, I loved your book. Will you write me another one?
I didn't know anything about writing a screenplay, but somehow I ended up rewriting a screenplay.
I like to think of myself as a storyteller.
I thought I was going nowhere. Now I can see there was a pattern.
I'm at the mercy of whatever character comes into my head.
Understand, I had absolutely no interest in writing; I wanted to be a Writer.
I didn't start working on children's books until I got a job at a book warehouse on the children's floor. When I started reading some of the books, I was so impressed.
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