Monday, March 23, 2009


Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting an elementary school out in Western Massachusetts. During my second presentation of the day, one young student was quick to inform me that she wanted to be a writer. What she didn't realize is that she already is a writer! Students so often think that being a writer means being published. But if you write, you are a writer now! In order to showcase this fact, I have decided to do a series of monthly interviews with young and aspiring WRITERS I meet on my travels. And so Mary will be the first of these monthly interviews.

Are you a student who is a writer now and wishes someday to be published? Follow me on my blog and contact me via my website:, and you may find yourself being interviewed, too!

Here is a picture of this young and refreshing writer along with our interview.

So Mary, why is it that you want to be a writer?

I think it is really fun to write, and my Mom and Dad think that I have some talent.

Do you see yourself as more of a novelist or a picture book writer?

Definitely a picture book writer. I like the stories in picture books and the illustrations.

How long have you been writing?

I've been writing for about a year and a half now, although I've been reading lots of books, too.

Who are your favorite authors?

Jan Brett for picture books, JK Rowling and Kathleen Benner Duble!

Well, thank you! That is quite a nice group of authors to be included in. So can you tell me a little bit about some of the things you've written?

I've just finished a picture book entitled MOUSE'S BIG PROBLEM. It is the story of a mouse who is planning a party at his house. Unfortunately, all his friends, like Bear and Tiger, are too big to fit inside his house.

That sounds like a terrific story. I can just see the illustrations, and I am dying to know how he solves his problem. When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to run around outside, playing soccer or pretending to be an animal. I read and watch TV. My favorite show is SWEET LIFE ON DECK. I am in a play right now called THE THIRTEEN COLONIES. I also love vacations to the beach, playing cards, doing puzzles and finding sea glass.

Well, that's my interview with up and coming author, Mary. Tune in next month for my next featured artist. Until then, all you aspiring authors, keep on writing, and remember to tell everyone you meet, I AM A WRITER!

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