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Here we go for Day #5:

Sara Zarr at Writing and Ruminating: "I do think girls need fathers (or some kind of positive male adult influence) in a very particular way, and if that's missing, it can create a situation where they're more susceptible to fall for the Tommy Webbers of the world."

Brent Hartinger at Interactive Reader: "And can I just say? The best children's books area always the ones that can be read and enjoyed even after you grow up, right? That's totally my philosophy. That said, kids get much more of the satire than adults think they do."

Justine Larbalestier at Big A, little a: "'m glad you enjoyed the Habermas and Foucault jokes. They were aimed at making my parents giggle. (As are many of the things I write.) They're anthropologists. I grew up in a house whose shelves groaned under the weight of tomes by those two gentlemen and many others. As a kid I thought they had the funniest names in the world. Still do."

Cecil Castellucci at Shaken & Stirred: "I know that I am going to really write something when in a flash, like Athena bursting out of the head of Zeus, I know the beginning and end of a book."

Ysabeau Wilce at Bildungsroman: "My family lived abroad and I was obsessed with poor maligned Richard III, so much so that I badged my poor parents into taking me on a driving tour of England, where we saw every inn, castle, and hedgerow that Richard III ever so much as looked at, and went to a memorial service on the anniversary of his death! Tho' I outgrew my peculiar interest in the last Plantagenet King, he did kindle a love of history in me that has informed nearly everything I have done since. (That obsession also taught me that you can't believe everything you read in history books!)"

Jordan Sonnenblick at Jen Robinson's Book Page: " the spring, a new division of Holtzbrinck, called Feiwel & Friends, will publish my first middle-grade novel, tentatively titled DODGER & ME. I wrote D&M for my 9-year-old son; it's about baseball, an imaginary blue chimp, and what happens when girls stop being yucky."

Chris Crutcher at Finding Wonderland
Kazu Kibuishi at lectitans: "We are a trial and error species; we learn by our mistakes. When we start calling those mistakes sins, we make ourselves sick."

Mitali Perkins at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: "Living between cultures means that you don't feel like you fit either in your community of origin or in mainstream Americana. It means that you'd better learn to flex your spirit so that you can eventually feel at home in many places or that you'll spend a bulk of your formative years feeling disenfranchised."

Laura Ruby at The YA YA YAs: "I sold The Wall and the Wing with an unwritten sequel but I had NO IDEA how hard writing a sequel would be. I now have a deep, deep, DEEP respect for series writers, because coming up with a new story with the same world and characters was one of the most difficult things I've ever done."


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