Two Famous Authors Come to Talk to Kids

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On Saturday, February 5, I went to the Colorado Council International Reading Association 2011 Conference on Literacy, a young writer's conference.

On Saturday, February 5, I went to the Colorado Council International Reading Association 2011 Conference on Literacy, a young writer's conference. At this conference, there were a couple of authors which were, Mike Thaler, Liz Garton Scanlon, Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, and lots of others. At this conference, I got to interview Liz Garton Scanlon and Mike Thaler.

 

Liz Garton Scanlon wrote, "A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes" and "All the World," which are picture books. Mike Thaler is known for The Black Lagoon series.

Below are the questions and answers from Liz Garton Scanlon.

Q: Why did you decide to become an author?
A: I fell in love with writing as a child, and by college I was a working writer- doing everything from radio journalism to editing a poetry journal. But it was when I became a mother that my passion for children's literature was ignited. Now there's no going back- I love it too much.

 

Q: Who is your favorite author and why?
A: My favorite children's author is Cynthia Rylant because she writes with her heart.

 

Q: What is the best book you've written?
A: I always like the book that I'm currently working on best of all. I get too involved with that one to think about the other books much.

 

Q: How do you come up with your ideas?
A: I used to think I needed to have a grand adventure to get ideas for a book, but more and more I realize that ideas are everywhere- in the texture of my daily life. I've been inspired by my children, my garden, my pets, and my friends. I love that poetry can help make the ordinary feel extraordinary.

Now, here are the questions and answers from Mike Thaler.

Q: Why did you decide to become an author?
A: I love language, I love words, I love using my imagination, and I love making people laugh.

 

Q: Do you have any ideas for your next book?

A: All the time and when ideas come to me, I write them down in my notebook. I'm not sure which ideas will turn into books, but I write every idea down. It's like planting them into the earth of my imagination and waiting for them to grow.

 

Q: Have you ever felt like Hubie, the main character in the Black Lagoon series when you went to try something new?

A: Yes, when I went to a new country. After going to the conference and interviewing these fantastic authors I learned that if you want to be a writer, never give up. Also, I learned some writing tips like describing yourself as something else and how to be a better writer!