Craft, Career & Cheer: Susan Patron

Learn more about Susan Patron and her latest book, Lucky Breaks, illustrated by Matt Phelan (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/ginee seo, 2009).

How do you psyche yourself up to write and to keep writing?

When I was eight, I had to keep my little sister captive in the bathtub every night until she got clean. This was my job, and it wasn’t easy;

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Craft, Career & Cheer: Mahtab Narsimhan

Learn about Mahtab Narsimhan, and read her blog.

How do you psyche yourself up to write and to keep writing?

I set a reward before I start writing and will allow myself that reward only if I finish the quota for the day.

Normally that entails surfing the Net or writing a nice long e-mail to a friend; stuff that usually makes me feel extremely guilty if I have written nothing on any given day!

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Craft, Career & Cheer: Debby Dahl Edwardson

Learn more about Debby Dahl Edwardson.

What do you love most about your creative life? Why?

What I love most about writing is that wonderful alchemy that turns words on a page into complete worlds, places that become so real we can smell the trees and hear the voices.

I especially like it when a character jumps right off the page and says or does something that takes me,

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Craft, Career & Cheer: Nikki Grimes

Learn more about Nikki Grimes and her recent releases, Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel and Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (both G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009) and Voices of Christmas, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Zonderkidz, 2009).

How do you define professional success?

The notion of professional success is a sticky-wicket.

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Craft, Career & Cheer: Marjetta Geerling

Learn more about Marjetta Geerling.

Could you tell us about your writing community–your critique group or critique partner or other sources of creative support?

I am truly blessed to have landed in South Florida where there is an extremely active and supportive children’s writing community.

It’s an especially rich community for young adult writers because we are lucky enough to have YA author and professional mentor,

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Craft, Career & Cheer: Cecil Castellucci

Learn about Cecil Castellucci.

Could you describe the best experience you’ve had working with an editor?

I have been really blessed by working with some incredible editors, Shelly Bond, Deborah Wayshak, and David Levithan among them.

But I have a special place in my heart for Kara LaReau with whom I did my first three novels with (Boy Proof (2005),

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