Katherine Applegate wrote one of my all time favorite books, “The One and Only Ivan.” Now a giant cat! I cannot wait.
My answers, for the record:
—I just ask “What if?” and record what happens.
—No, but if she wants me to stop by the castle for a spot of tea, I’m there, dude.
—Sure, but don’t tell your mom where I live.
When I’m working on an idea, I toss random bits and pieces into my mental blender to see what happens. (This is also how I cook, which is why my daughter and husband have banned me from the kitchen.) Often the ideas are wildly disparate. That was certainly true of my newest novel, CRENSHAW.
On the one hand, I was interested in exploring the topic of hunger in America in a gentle, child-friendly way. 62% of U.S. teachers regularly see kids…
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