Kathleen Duble Answers Us 


Why do you write for kids?  When I had my own two girls and was spending time reading to them the stories I read when I was growing up, I began to realize how much I loved those stories and how much those stories had shaped my childhood.  I wanted to write something that would impact other kids’ lives in just that way, too.


Why do you write?  Asking why I write is like asking me why I breathe.  It’s just something I have to do.  Stories are always bouncing around inside my head and if I didn’t let them out, I think I’d probably just explode.


Do you like Maine?  I love Maine.  My family has been coming to Mt. Dessert for over thirty years.  And I now have a place in Bass Harbor and get to spend my whole summer here.  How lucky am I!!!


Did a story ever save you?  In a super huge, life-saving way?  No.  But I think in some small way every story saves an author.  Stories let authors tell their truth and let them share with the world their creativity.  


What’s the best part about being an author? Hands down – working in my pajamas.  If you come visit me while I’m working, that’s what I’ll be wearing.  They are the best business suit ever.

Shannon Parker Tells It Like It Is


Why do you write for kids? I write YA because I love the immediacy of YA stories and how emotionally and intellectually dynamic teenagers are.  I write MG because I adore the threshold of being twelve, when a child is at once venturing into the world and being protected by it.


Why do you write? I write because I have to. Writing is my happy place. Plus, characters and stories have a way of forcing themselves onto the page.


Do you like Maine? I love Maine. I grew up skiing its mountains, but didn’t move here until I was an adult. I came to Maine via the desert southwest and only regret it for a few days in February each year. But there is nothing quite like the rugged Maine coast or its people. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else and feel so grateful I am able to raise my children here.


Did a story ever save you? I’m not sure a story ever ‘saved’ me but so many stories have allowed me to except bits of myself I was struggling with or inspire me to do better, be better. In general stories help to widen the lens of living so I’m always grateful when a book can expand my thinking or my emotional range. I’m pretty much always grateful for books.
What’s the best part about being an author? Readers. There is nothing quite like a reader telling you that your book resonated with them. That, and the amazing authors I’ve met along the way. Kidlit authors have to be some of the most generous and kind people on the planet. 

 

ELLEN BOORAEM ANSWERS ARE KILLER QUESTIONS


Why do you write for kids? I’M AN OPTIMIST BY NATURE. I LIKE TO WRITE STORIES IN WHICH HORRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN  BUT THE UNIVERSE IS STILL AN OKAY PLACE FOR HUMANS.


Why do you write? I CAN’T SLEEP NIGHTS IF I DON’T.


Do you like Maine? I MOVED HERE 30 YEARS AGO BECAUSE I WAS LOOKING FOR A PLACE WHERE I COULD LIVE BY MY GRANDPARENTS’ VALUES (WITH A FEW CRITICAL MODIFICATIONS). NOTABLY, I WANTED A PLACE WHERE NEIGHBORS TAKE CARE OF ONE ANOTHER. I’VE FOUND EVERYTHING I WAS LOOKING FOR.


Did a story ever save you?  DESPITE THE OCCASIONAL BUMPS AND BULLIES, I REMEMBER CHILDHOOD AS A HAPPY TIME.    THAT’S BECAUSE I SPENT IT READING.
What’s the best part about being an author? I’VE SPENT MOST OF MY LIFE DAY-DREAMING, AND NOW I’M AUTHORIZED TO DO IT.

 

Sarah L. Thomson Talks to Us!


Why do you write for kids? Because they are the best, most enthusiastic audience any author could hope for. When a kid takes a book to heart, it becomes part of her life for good.


Why do you write? Because people actually pay me for it. It’s amazing. I make up stories or research completely cool things like giant prehistoric predatory birds or saber-toothed cats, and people actually give me money for it. I’m not sure how I’m getting away with this, but I just hope it continues!


Do you like Maine? I love living and writing in Maine. I love how easy it is to get outside, how many other people all around me are engaged in writing, artwork, music, dance, and other cool and creative things, and how people here take care of each other (and help out with driveway shoveling in the winter).


Did a story ever save you? Every story I ever read.


What’s the best part about being an author? I get to decide how the story goes. No matter how good the book I am reading, there’s always a part of my brain thinking, “Wait, what kind of an ending is that? You killed off that character? She was my favorite! What about this character over here? Why aren’t you writing more about him?” When I write, I’m the one in charge of the story. I get to make the choices. That’s the best part.

I write because I can’t help it. Really. I was a reader and writer early on. Reading and writing were things I did naturally, things I loved. My two careers—journalist and teacher—have both centered on reading and writing, and now that my first novel has been published, I can’t imagine not writing more books. Reading and writing have been integral to my education and personal development. Writing is a part of me. I’d feel lost not doing it.


- Cindy Rodriguez

Russ Cox Answers Our Questions 

Why do you write for kids?

Being a very tall, big kid myself, I think I can still relate to what it is like being a child. Probably more so than being an adult. At least that is what friends and family tell me by saying “Are you ever going to grow up?” Hopefully, the answer is “no”.


Why do you write?

Good question. After illustrating for so long, I had many people tell me there are so many stories within my drawings, so they nudge me to try my hand at writing. I am finally getting some footing with putting words to paper and have found that I really enjoy the whole process. With each word and sentence, I learn something new about the process, and about myself.


Do you like Maine?

Love Maine. My wife and I have been up here for 7 years and it is home.


Did a story ever save you?

I am not sure if one has ever saved me but many have taken me away from reality and the real world within those pages. I read a lot of Poe and other horror books and magazines, as well as monster movies, when I was a child so maybe those did in their own way.
What’s the best part about being an author? I get to create a world, environment, or moment that hopefully, is uniquely mine and others can relate to it. They want to go on the journey with me.

Cerredwyn Horrigan Tells Us All About It


I love kids: for the fresh way they look at the world, for their honesty, for their inventiveness.  


I write because I have to. When I don't write, I feel like I'm not fully myself. I feel the same way about riding horses. 

I love Maine! What a beautiful, quirky state. It is so sad that I can no longer eat lobsters. 

Telling a story helps me learn about myself. I may not have been saved, but I have definitely grown. 


The best part about being a writer is talking to people and hearing their stories. My husband gave me a t-shirt that says: "Careful, or you'll end up in my novel." Thankfully, it has not deterred people from telling me there stories, because truths really are stranger than fiction. 

 

Why do you write for kids?


Shannon Messenger: Partially because I’m not sure I’ll ever be mature enough to write for grown-ups. But mostly because I have never loved reading as much as I loved it when I was a kid. It was my life—books were my everything—and that’s the kind of reader I wanted to write for.


Why do you write?


Shannon Messenger: My head is constantly filling with characters and ideas, and if I don’t write them down it’s like when you’re woken in the middle of a really good dream and it slips away before you get to see how it ends. I hate that. I want to see where the story goes.


Shannon Messenger: I’ve never been, but it’s been at the top of my list of Places I Want To See, so I can’t WAIT to visit.


Did a story ever save you?


Shannon Messenger: Honestly, KEEPER saved me. I’d left Hollywood because it sooooooo wasn’t the right fit for me. But I’d also given up writing. I’d taken a normal, practical day job and I tried to tell myself I was happy. But I wasn’t. I missed telling stories. So I started thinking about writing a book, and playing with bits of ideas. But nothing stuck—not until I had the idea for KEEPER. It took me 20 drafts to get that book published, but I stuck with it because I loved the characters so much. And it changed my life, let me have my dream job (and quit that other boring one). J


What’s the best part about being an author?


Shannon Messenger: Getting to meet readers. Writing is such a solitary process. It’s just me and my laptop. So getting to step out of my little office and meet the people who read my crazy stories is truly the best gift ever.

Although I write for adults and children, my historical fiction for children is my “serious” work; basically, it’s literary fiction for young people.  I love introducing the past to children today, and helping them to understand that people who live in different centuries face many of the same challenges, have the same interests and goals, and the same feelings.

I love researching the past, to find stories to bring to today … I love editing; pruning and choosing the right words, and ensuring that everything in my books is correct historically. And I love sharing my books with young people! 

 - Lea Wait

What is the best part about being a writer/illustrator?

Toni Buzzeo: The best part is having READERS! I grew up reading voraciously and I'm still the same kind of reader. So what I love to think about are the children and adults who will gobble up MY books. I don't write to be published so much as I publish to reach those readers.


What is the best part about being a writer/illustrator/human being in Maine?

Toni Buzzeo: As a girl who grew up in a close suburb of Detroit, I came to Maine in 1979 to find space, peace, soil, and green, all lacking in my Michigan life. I found all of those and more--a career as a librarian and now as an author in my beloved adopted home. 
xo Toni


The best part of being an author is having an excuse to research and learn new things (in my case, details about Maine's past,) and then translating those facts into stories and sharing them with readers!


- Lea Wait

I'm a writer, and my husband, Bob Thomas, is an artist. We love working in Maine where the winters are long (time to create!), so many other artists and writers are part of the community, libraries and schools are so welcoming. And, of course, we're inspired by the people of Maine's past and present, and the beauty of its landscapes. (We also love lobsters!)

- Lea Wait

The best part of being an author is getting to decide how the story ends. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

-Sarah L. Thomson


What is the best part about being a writer/illustrator?


Megan Frazer Blakemore:  It is astounding to me that I can write words on a page that create characters and setting which then go out into the world and are read and become real.


What is the best part about being a writer/illustrator/human being in Maine?


Megan Frazer Blakemore: The community of writers and illustrators in Maine is amazing. Everyone is so kind, supportive, and talented. I can't imagine living anywhere else and having this sense of community.


Has a story ever saved you?


Megan Frazer Blakemore: I think there are certain books I read at certain times in my life that really resonated with me and helped me work through my own life. The one that comes to mind is Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. I feel like that time of life is so confusing, and kids have so many questions, and her work addresses these issues in a frank and meaningful way. When I write, I strive for Judy Blume's honesty and integrity.

They answered! 

We Asked Our Attending Authors (and some local Maine ones) why they write and why they love Maine.

Kim Ridley


Do you like Maine?  I love Maine, where my family has lived for 10 generations. I tried to escape to Boston, but that only lasted 10 years—I couldn’t wait to move back to my home state! I’m a birdwatcher and what I love most about living in Maine is being able to explore the wetlands, beaches, woods and other wild places right in my back yard.


What’s the best part about being an author?  Sharing my love of nature with other people who are as excited about it as I am—kids!

Maurissa Guibord Answers Our Questions! 



Why do you write?

I write in order to make up the stories that I would like to read.


Did a story ever save you?

Yes when I was in seventh grade my family moved to a new town and my life became really sad and lonely. I started hanging out at the library a lot and discovered all kinds of fantastic books that opened up new worlds for me. The one I recall in particular from that time was The Three Musketeers. I think the ideas of friendship and adventure in that story just appealed to me so much. It made me really happy and gave me hope that my life was going to get better someday.


What’s the best part about being an author?

 Meeting and hanging out with and making friends with people who love stories as much as I do!

Amanda Marrone


Why do you write for kids? I write for kids because the ‘people and stories’ that pop up in my head are for kids and teens.


Why do you write? I write because characters keep showing up in my head with stories to tell.


Do you like Maine? I love Maine!!!! I fell in love with Maine while hiking in Bar Harbor in 1990, and I also love Portland, Harpswell, Bristol, and most recently Cape Elizabeth. Maine is definitely on my places to retire to! (When it’s not cold and snowy)
 
Did a story ever save you? Stories in general let me know that there are weird and wonderful people out there who are kind of like me. Bridge to Teribithia really resonated with me as a kid—I spent a lot time in the woods acting out stories with friend. It was nice to know we weren’t the only people doing that.


What’s the best part about being an author? Getting the stories in my head down in print and bringing cockroaches to schools.

Angel Perrow


Why do you write for kids? When I was a kid, reading for enjoyment was one of my favorite things to do. It thrills me to give that same enjoyment to today's kids. 

Why do you write? The creative process, whether it be writing or painting, is satisfying and something I need to be complete as a person. 

Do you like Maine? I love Maine's varied landscapes -- the sea, the mountains, the lakes and rivers -- as well its distinct four seasons (although I wouldn't mind if winter was a little shorter!) 

What’s the best part about being an author? The best part is having kids tell me how much they enjoy my books and/or that I am an inspiration for them. Type your paragraph here.

Greg Neri Talks to Us!


Why do you write for kids?


Because experiencing life through the eyes of teens is much more exciting than seeing it through the cynical eyes of an adult. Teens are experiencing things for the first time—love, passion, loss, violence, pain. They have no experience to draw upon so every decision is all instinctual.


Why do you write?


Because I can’t play basketball like Kobe or sing like Bono.


Do you like Maine?


Never been! Can’t wait!


Did a story ever save you?


A story made me a writer. Yummy started as a film project but it wanted to be a graphic novel, so I had to learn how tell a story in book form. Luckily, comics are very cinematic, so the transition wasn’t so painful.


What’s the best part about being an author?


Getting paid to travel, being able to write stories for a living, having an excuse to experience life more fully.

 

Jen Malone Talks to Us! 


Why do you write for kids?

I started writing when my daughter started kindergarten and I wanted to write her stories we could read together. So my first efforts were for one specific kid, but it was a happy accident because that’s really where my natural author voice lies. I’m guessing that’s because books were such a HUGE and formative part of my own childhood and I’ve never forgotten how magical that time was. (Plus, kids are way smarter than adults!)

 

Why do you write?

I write to play.  The end product is such a thrill (holding the actual book in my hands, meeting and hearing from readers…) but at the beginning it’s all about taking a “what if” and having the undeniable thrill of imagining it to life.

 

Do you like Maine?

Maine is my happy place. I grew up in Baltimore, MD but every summer we packed into the car and made the 12-hour drive to my grandparents’ tiny cottage in Ocean Park. We usually have four generations under one roof and a checklist of “Summer Musts” we have to complete before heading home- it’s bliss. Proximity to Maine figured largely into our decision to move to Boston and now we come up as often as possible! It truly is “the way life should be.” 

 I grew up on the coast or Maine and always thought I never wanted to leave. It was a surprise to find myself relocating to Delaware after college. I missed the ocean terribly, and after Twelve years away, I’m delighted to be back home.

- Sarah Gagnon
 
The best part about being an author is getting to live other lives.  

- Sarah Gagnon

Fun Festival Fact: The guys in the picture up there work and volunteer for the Bar Harbor Fire Department and they are totally supporting the Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival. Why? Because they are awesome! 

Ellen Dolmen:


Why do you write for kids?


I love kids and I love imagination.

Why do you write?


Why not?

Do you like Maine?


LOVE

Did a story ever save you?


I wrote one about how I was saved by geese

What’s the best part about being an author?


Seeing kids have fun with my book.

G.A. Morgan!!!


Why do you write for kids? I write for young adults and middle grade kids because I find they love to read, appreciate good story- telling, and are open to big ideas and strong character. I also remember the books I read at that age as being instrumental to me as a growing person. My hope is that my books will be read, shared, and appreciated in a similar way.

Why do you write? I write to make sense of the world, and to connect with other people through our shared experiences and emotions.

Do you like Maine? Maine is central to my growth as a writer. It is the landscape of my heart.

Did a story ever save you? All the time. Every day.

What’s the best part about being an author? The ability to build worlds and inhabit them with as much vigor as I inhabit this one. 

I have always been a storyteller. Since I could talk, I told stories. After I learned how to write, I wrote stories. And when I got ahold of my first video camera, I filmed and edited stories. I love crafting stories. Stories that entertain. Stories that enlighten. Stories that touch your spirit. Stories that embolden. But here’s a secret…I don’t usually write stories for others. I write them for my former thirteen-year-old self. The stories I tell are the stories I wish I would have discovered on the library shelves when I was a girl. I’ve always enjoyed action and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, but I always felt that there were never enough stories there for girls. I still don’t. Times change. The way we publish stories has changed. But the excitement of discovering that next amazing book that you love so much you can’t put it down––Well, that’s never going to change. And that’s why I write.


- Wendy Brotherlin 

Cordelia Jensen!!


Why do you write for kids? I write for teens because I love the identity shifts that occur during this age and the intensity of the adolescent emotional world.


Why do you write? I have always written since I was young and I would keep writing, whether or not I published books. I love how it feels to lose myself in poetry or story, the “in the zone” feeling is so energizing to me.


Do you like Maine? I haven’t spent much time in Maine but I do think it is beautiful! I especially like Bar Harbor!


Did a story ever save you? Not one specific story but the act of reading has certainly been a strong source of comfort/escape for me during dark times in my own life.


What’s the best part about being an author? Hearing feedback from readers that your work impacted them. 

 I love kids: for the fresh way they look at the world, for their honesty, for their inventiveness.  

I write because I have to. When I don't write, I feel like I'm not fully myself. I feel the same way about riding horses. 

Telling a story helps me learn about myself. I may not have been saved, but I have definitely grown. 

The best part about being a writer is talking to people and hearing their stories. My husband gave me at-shirt that says: "Careful, or you'll end up in my novel." Thankfully, it has not deterred people from telling me there stories, because truths really are stranger than fiction.


 - Cerredwyn Horrigan

Mackenzie Lee Explains Things


Why do you write for kids?


Because I remember the way I used to love things when I was a teenager—passionately and without any reservations. I want to write for people who are open to my work and my stories in that same way.

What’s the best part about being an author?


Getting to essentially be a professional fangirl. I love meeting people who write great books, flailing with readers over books we love, and being part of a community of storytelling and imagination. 

Adi Rule Talks to Us! 


Do you like Maine? Maine is one of my favorite places on the planet. I work in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and our two coastlines have a lot in common. (Okay, Maine’s is a LOT bigger.)


Did a story ever save you? I can’t say a story ever saved me, but there are two stories I read when I was a kid that are responsible for making me the person I am. The first is RABBIT HILL by Robert Lawson, which shaped the way I see the world. The second is HOWLIDAY INN (and all the other Bunnicula books) by James Howe, which shaped me as a writer very early on.


What’s the best part about being an author? Getting to know other writers, who are the kindest, funniest, most supportive people out there. We’re mostly solitary, but we do hang out occasionally, sometimes in our pajamas. Oh, and fan art! Fan art is the BEST. :) 

What’s the best part about being an author?

 
The best part about being an author is interacting with readers. Talking face-to-face with kids (and older folks!) who have read my books and who love the characters as much as I do, who learned something or for whom the story helped them see something in a new way—that’s the very best thing of all. 


- Ammi-Joan Paquette

 Why do you write for kids?


Trisha Weaver: I love the raw honesty of young adult literature. You are not confined to a formula or a specific structure. Thinking outside of the box is applauded in the YA market giving me a sense of creative freedom that I thrive on.


Why do you write?


Trisha Weaver: The simple truth…I write because the voices in my head and the characters living in my imagination demand to be given a life of their own.


Do you like Maine?


Trisha Weaver: I live on Cape Cod, so I have an affinity for the Northeast shoreline regardless of the state. J


Did a story ever save you?


Trisha Weaver: Save me…no, but C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia taught me that it was completely okay to get lost in your own imagination. In a way, that series literally opened the door to my love of dreaming and, in turn, writing.


What’s the best part about being an author?


Trisha Weaver: Having a teen reader send you an email or stop you at an event and tell you how your book affected them…how one of your characters spoke to them and made them feel less lost.

Random Writer Fact: 


Lots of writers believe that if a cat sits on their manuscript, that means the manuscript will be amazing and successful. 

Susan Lynn Meyer


Why do you write for kids? I loved reading as a girl.  There was nothing like that feeling of living completely in the world of a book and being able to go there whenever I wanted.  I admired writers tremendously—writing books seemed almost magical to me—so I fantasized about becoming a writer.
 
Do you like Maine?  I LOVE Maine.  I have come here for a couple of weeks in the summer ever since I was a little girl.  I wish I could come for longer!  We used to rent a cottage on Petit Manan when I was very small and then when I was older we stayed in various places on Mount Desert Island.  I especially loved swimming in the old reservoir.  My dream is to live here year round.  In fact, my childhood dream was to be a writer and live in a house on the coast of Maine year round with two dogs and a family.  I guess I’m pretty lucky, because I almost have most of that dream—I have a family, I’ve had a wonderful dog, Luisa, and now I have a cat, Molly, and I’m a writer.  Maybe one day I’ll be able to move to Maine!
 

Demetra Fisher Talks to Us


Why do you write for kids?   I write for teens because I believe that there is so much to learn about people and relationships in such a short period of time… the kinds of things that help to shape us for who we are meant to be, that I want to share what I have learned in an entertaining and thought-provoking way, so that teens are encouraged to develop their own personal outlook.

 
Why do you write?  I enjoy the experience of developing stories through prose and poetry and making those stories come alive.


Do you like Maine? Of course!  Maine is beautiful!  Since I live in New England (Vermont), I appreciate all of the states in our region and their distinctive footprints.


Did a story ever save you?  Well, yes.  When I decided to pick up writing again (I wrote a ton as a child and teen), the story I began writing was the catalyst for my book… it was a new beginning for me and actually saved me from continuing to waste my time on jobs that I didn’t enjoy.


What’s the best part about being an author? 
1) Being able to share my stories and poems with others. 2) Hearing how much enjoyment those who have read my work have gotten from reading my stories and poems.  NEVER gets old!

Jen Brooks!


Why do you write for kids?

Young adults experience a lot of “firsts,” including, and especially, new kinds of relationships with other people and engagement with new ideas. I like to write fiction that challenges young adults to think about relationships and ideas in ways they may not have considered before.


What’s the best part about being an author?

Having your words read by people you’ve never met. Meeting all kinds of people in the industry: from the movers in NYC, to fellow authors, to fans.

Shannon Parker Talks to Us About Writing And Maine!


Why do you write for kids? I write YA because I love the immediacy of YA stories and how emotionally and intellectually dynamic teenagers are.  I write MG because I adore the threshold of being twelve, when a child is at once venturing into the world and being protected by it.


Why do you write? I write because I have to. Writing is my happy place. Plus, characters and stories have a way of forcing themselves onto the page.


Do you like Maine? I love Maine. I grew up skiing its mountains, but didn’t move here until I was an adult. I came to Maine via the desert southwest and only regret it for a few days in February each year. But there is nothing quite like the rugged Maine coast or its people. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else and feel so grateful I am able to raise my children here.


Did a story ever save you? I’m not sure a story ever ‘saved’ me but so many stories have allowed me to except bits of myself I was struggling with or inspire me to do better, be better. In general stories help to widen the lens of living so I’m always grateful when a book can expand my thinking or my emotional range. I’m pretty much always grateful for books.


What’s the best part about being an author? Readers. There is nothing quite like a reader telling you that your book resonated with them. That, and the amazing authors I’ve met along the way. Kidlit authors have to be some of the most generous and kind people on the planet. 

MarcyKate Connolly Answers Our Questions


Why do you write/write for kids? I write for kids who were like me when I was younger.  Books were my escape and my lifeline, and if the books I write can give someone a measure of freedom and comfort by allowing them to step into another world, I’ll be a very happy author.


Do you like Maine? Yes! My parents grew up there.


Did a story ever save you? Not quite saved, but I definitely found comfort and escape in them. When I was in elementary school, I was bullied, but eventually I found friends who loved the same books I did. And then we found ways of evading the bullies so they couldn’t find us on the playground. We acted out our own stories using the characters in our favorite series (Redwall) and became very good at hiding and going on secret missions. J


What’s the best part about being an author? Getting to talk to kids about books and reading. In particular, it’s such a treat to talk to kids who’ve read my books and loved them!

Why do you write?

Around 1969, when I was in the seventh grade, my best friend got caught chewing gum in school. His punishment: write an essay on why he would break the rules just to chew gum. My friend panicked. He made many attempts, but couldn’t get the job done. As a joke, I wrote a story about a young man who was a chewing gum junkie. A jittery boy who sweat a lot and spent his free time hanging out in back alleys trying to score black jack gum. When my friend read it, he asked if he could use it. I gave it to him. What was I gonna do with it? Well, the teacher loved it. She sent it off to a writing contest and it won first place. Then it was sent to another contest. It won that one, too. The local paper wrote a glowing article about my talented (?) friend. For a time, in my small, sepia-toned, Arkansas town, he was a celebrity. I was a little jealous, but he was my pal so I never told anyone the truth – until now. And even though I never got the credit, the success of my silly story encouraged me to continue writing. Been doing it ever since.

- Mark Scott Ricketts

Jennifer Richard Jacobson Answers Our Questions!


Why do you write for kids?  Everyone needs wonderful stories, but especially kids who are learning so much about themselves and the world.  Reading encourages curiosity, builds empathy, invites discovery.

Why do you write?  Writing challenges me. It is this place where I take fragments of memory, sticky puzzles, nagging thoughts, perplexing emotions and TRY to weave them together into something beautiful, something meaningful. Something hopeful.

Do you like Maine?  I adore Maine.  It provides the steady access to nature I need to write, and a warm, generous writing community.   Living here in the winter requires a certain kind of resilience, and writers definitely need to build resilience!

Did a story ever save you?  Charlotte’s Web comforted me as a child, inspired me as a young adult, and served as a mentor text as I learned to write. Perhaps it has saved me.

What’s the best part about being an author?  
Meeting great kids and getting to work in your pajamas.