KISSING BRENDAN CALLAHAN by Susan Amessé (Roaring Brook, 2005). Sarah wants to be a writer. She wants to enter a local writing contest, judged by her idol--romance writer Antonia DeMarco, and she wants to win first place. Unfortunately, her just-the-facts mom says she's ineligible to enter and has a less-than-stellar opinion about Antonia herself. But Sarah has a solution, a pen name, and an offer to act as Antonia's assistant. What's more, she has inspiration in a certain Brendan Callahan. A comedic story of a young girl with a dream. Ages 10-up. More on this title from Cynsations.
Cyn note: one of my greatest personal thrills was to have a short story featured in the same anthology that included a story by Beverly Cleary. Learn more about IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE: AWARD WINNING AUTHORS TELL STORIES ABOUT THEIR GRANDMOTHERS (HarperCollins 2003).
WHAT DO AUTHORS DO? by Eileen Christelow (Clarion, 1995). Ages 5-up. In this story, the children's author-illustrator is inspired by her cat, Max. I'm often inspired by my cats: Mercury Boo; Sebastian Doe, Leo Galilei, and Blizzard Bently.