Janet Lee Carey spent far too much time in school staring out the window dreaming of imaginary worlds. Her teachers worried she’d never be able to get a “real job.” Fortunately her “real job” requires a lot of staring out the window dreaming of imaginary worlds, and sometimes her imaginary worlds become books that earn starred reviews! She’s published five books including Wenny Has Wings (Atheneum, 2002), winner of the 2005 Mark Twain Award,
Laura Bowers on Laura Bowers: “I’m a wife, mother of two active boys and I live in a house where baseball season never ends. (Go ahead, ask me the rules on balking!) As a kid, I was a total tomboy who loved everything about horses. As an adult, I’ve had a lot of job titles: waitress, gym membership salesperson, data entry, telemarketer, real estate agent, receptionist, secretary,
Some measure out their lives in “coffee spoons,”
Others in Judy Blumes . . . .
1988: Peter Hatcher from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing became my first literary boy crush.
1989: Blubber marked the first time my friends and I ever saw the word “bitch” in print.
Kelly Bingham on Kelly Bingham: “I started my career as a story artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation, where I worked for twelve years on films such as ‘Hercules,’ ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire,’ ‘The Emperor’s New Groove,’ and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’ I received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College in 2004,
Tracie Vaughn Zimmer on Tracie Vaughn Zimmer: “Let’s see, I’m an identical twin. I’ve got two fabulous kids. Chocolate is a major food group for me. I collect refrigerator magnets and I write books for kids–mostly poetry. Since poetry barely buys shoes, I also use my teaching credentials to write discussion guides, book-club guides, and other school-related materials for all the major publishers. It is one sweet gig to be paid to read books I would be devouring anyway.
Ysabeau S. Wilce on Ysabeau S. Wilce: “Ysabeau S. Wilce was born in Northern California and, though she has traveled the world, considers herself a Californian still. After being trained as a historian, she turned to fiction when the truth no longer compared to the shining lies of her imagination. She’s published in both boring scholarly journals and in exciting fiction magazines and is equally proud of both.
Linda Joy Singleton on Linda Joy Singleton: “As a kid, I was always reading and writing. I even played writing games with my best friend Lori. We made up weird titles, put them in a bowl, and we had to write a story based on whatever title we drew out. I still have one of these stories: ‘Angel in the Bathtub.’ I kept many of my childhood writings,
Rose Kent on Rose Kent: “Rose Kent is a Navy veteran and former public relations manager. She lives near Albany, New York with her husband and blended tribe of six children. Kimchi & Calamari is her first children’s novel. It publishes from HarperCollins on April 10th.”
What about the writing life first called to you? Were you quick to answer or did time pass by?
See part one: Author Interview: Deborah Heiligman on Celebrate Passover (National Geographic, 2007).
Are you part of a writers’ critique group and/or active in any writer organizations? What role does community play in your writing life?
Community plays a huge part in my writing life because I am a social person and too much time alone drives me crazy. For eighteen years I lived in Bucks County,
Deborah Heiligman on Deborah Heiligman: “I have two great sons. When my older son was about fourteen or so he started calling me ‘Psychotic Mama,’ or ‘P.M.’ for short. When my younger son was about that age, he wrote a song about me called ‘Momma is Distraught and She’s Coming After You…’ I’m really glad that I have given my children material to write about.”
What about the writing life first called to you?