Read the answers to these interview questions: What was the most difficult part of writing your book? What is the most fun part of writing your book?
One of the perks of writing for children is that I get to spend time with other children’s writers. Here are my top five favorite things about them.
A blog drawing interpretation contest where one lucky (and skilled) winner will get a copy of "Coloring Fun with the Can-Do Karate Kid" coloring book.
I have encountered many surprises on this path. One of them was the support of the Twitter writing community. Those of us on the social media site hashtag it #WritingCommunity.
Someone, and in the case of my books, something has to be the bad guy. The third book’s villain is a Quitting monster. And the form it takes to help teach kids about perseverance has not yet been revealed.
The child main characters, Michi and Makoto, and I myself, are all daydreaming and talking about a lot of the same things on our picture book adventure.
Writer's block is a commonly known concept. Personally, I don’t suffer from debilitating writer’s block (apologies to writer friends who do). Writing comes easily for me, whether good or bad (that can be decided later). For me, it’s illustrator’s block that plagues my creativity.
As I finish high school, there is one thing I regret more than anything else. It happened when I was starting third grade, when I didn't want to be a weird girl.
Learn a bit about the bad "guy" in a children's character-building picture book through her garden plans. She is called Dishonesty and is a spider. In the story, she weaves tangled webs around two karate friends, encouraging them to lie and fib. If she had her own plot for growing, here is what Dishonesty’s garden would include. You might learn a little about plants too!
Michi is a girl who’s front and center in my second kids’ karate picture book, “The Two True Karate Kids.” Today we get to find out what is on Michi’s garden list.