In Their Own Words:

Interviews with Children's and YA
Authors & Illustrators

LaFevers - Levine

Sample these Author Profiles and Stories Behind the Stories, then follow the links to the full interviews.

Werewolf Rising
"My own two boys had just gone through their own joyful puberty experience and I was struck by how these poor kids were basically flooded with testosterone and — pow! — found themselves no longer kids, something else entirely."

—on WEREWOLF RISING (MG)

 

Galveston's Summer of the Storm
“I felt as if I'd been sucked back in time and the hurricane became real."

— on GALVESTON’S SUMMER OF THE STORM (MG)

Snuggle Mountain
"Well, the very first thing, S&S wanted changed was to not make it so scary."

— on SNUGGLE MOUNTAIN (PB)

 

“I sold this book from an outline, and my plan was to write the book from Megan's point of view, the Earthly view. Then when I got ready to write, I realized Megan couldn't tell the whole story.”

— on STEPSISTER FROM PLANET WEIRD (MG)

 

How to Ditch Your Fairy
“It's amazing how much more enjoyable it is to write a novel without a big honking deadline. Also I enjoy the naughty feeling of working on something I'm not supposed to be working on.”

—on HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY (YA)


Yellow Elephant
"She had an idea to put colors and animals together, but wasn't having much luck with the text. She knew my work and liked it, so she handed the text part of the project to me."

YELLOW ELEPHANT: A BRIGHT BESTIARY (PB)

Absolutely
"While this might seem a bit far-fetched, when I was in high school two guys took mannequins to their prom. Why couldn't someone take a golden retriever?"

—on ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NOT (YA)

 

Crown Me
"So, I got to wondering...what would a kid do if he was king of fifth grade for a couple of weeks and it went from there."

— on CROWN ME! (MG)

 

Strong at Heart
"It took over a year to find Arturo. He's the only person in the book who expressed doubts about whether to go forward to publication. Then he saw a talk show interview with Carlos Santana, who had just won a stack of Grammies, and Santana disclosed that he'd been sexually abused as a boy. Arturo called me to say, 'If Carlos can do it, so can I.'"

—on STRONG AT HEART:
TRUE STORIES OF HEALING FROM SEXUAL ABUSE
(YA)

 

The Jalapeno Man (book jacket)

“I have always wanted to write a Texas gingerbread story.”

— on THE JALAPEÑO MAN (PB)

 

Author Update: Debbie Leland

 

The Wish
“I don't have kids, and I rarely watch TV, and it's been a long time since I was fourteen, so I had to research being an eighth grader.”

— on THE WISH (MG)

AUTHOR UPDATE: Gail Carson Levine