WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES
INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION
I met today’s Will Write for Cookies author a couple of years ago when I first discovered this incredible kid lit community. Friends told me about a website called RateYourStory that was run by a writer named Miranda Paul, where you could get a manuscript looked at by professionals – for free! I went, I saw, I fell in love…with the site, the service and Miranda herself. A passionate advocate for literacy and leader in the movement to encourage diversity in books, Miranda is a doer, not just a dreamer. She’s published more than 50 short stories for magazines and digital markets, and is the author of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, and Water is Water. Both were named Junior Library Guild selections. She is kind and generous and loving and a super smart mentor!
I’m so happy to have her here to share her thoughts with us.
ME: Who were your favorite authors/illustrators when you were a child?
Shel Silverstein, Lois Lowry, and Roald Dahl. But seeing as how I never grew up, I think my current favorites also apply to this question. There are too many to name, but Jacqueline Woodson, Kevin Henkes, Kat Yeh, and Kadir Nelson come to mind. Or maybe those are just the ones that have “k” sounds in their names…
ME: What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started writing for children?
That when teachers said I could be anything, they meant it.
ME: Where do you like to write/draw – inside, outside, a special area in your home, on the computer, in a notebook?
All of the above. I’ll write anywhere. I prefer the old-fashioned “pen and spiral notebook” for writing first drafts.
ME: When during the day (or night) are you most productive? Do you set a schedule for working or do you write/draw when the muse speaks?
Morning—usually when it’s most quiet. Quiet is my biggest requirement for writing. Hahahaha to the schedule question. I rarely miss deadlines, but to suggest I have a regular or rigid schedule would be a big, fat lie.
ME: Why do you write for children?
See question #1 re: “how I never grew up.” Also, illustrations. To have words depicted so artfully and beautifully by the likes of Jason Chin and Elizabeth Zunon is all the payment one needs. (Don’t tell my publishers I said that.)
Okay, Miranda…we promise not to say a word! And thank you so much – we truly appreciate your participation – you are one busy lady.
Dear readers…if you’d like to connect with Miranda and find out more about her books and her amazing projects, please visit her online at:
Miranda Paul, Children’s Author
We Need Diverse Books VP of Outreach
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia – illus. Elizabeth Zunon, now available
Water is Water – illus. Jason Chin, now available
Coming in 2016 & 2017
Whose Hands are These? – illus. Luciana Navarro Powell – Lerner
Trainbots – illus. Shane McGowan – Little Bee Books
10 Little Ninjas – illus. Nate Wragg – Knopf/Penguin Random House
Are We Pears Yet? – illus. Carin Berger – Macmillan
And now for something yummy! Of course, we haven’t forgotten the ‘Cookies’ part of Will Write for Cookies.
Having to read Water is Water out loud so much lately has made me on the lookout for more apple-related treats, so I’ll share a recipe that looks mighty tasty: Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies from Amy’s Healthy Baking (http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/01/03/apple-pie-oatmeal-cookies/).
Photo courtesy: http://amyshealthybaking.com/
Hurry on over to Amy’s site – she’s got oodles of awesome healthy and delicious recipes. Thanks so much, Miranda, for guiding us to her.
Have a beautiful weekend, dear friends! I’m still processing the WOW retreat experience. It’s something I will never forget.