We're thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview these two amazing authors.
Thank you, Anne and Ken, for your time.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, A.A. Milne, E.B. White.
What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
We both loved to read as children, and still love to read.
Writing was a natural outgrowth of that.
Lea: I can relate to that. It seems most writers loved to read as children.
What 3 words describe you as a person?
Hopeful, idealistic, detail minded.
What 3 words describe you as a writer?
Same as above.
When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
We love to walk, read, travel, and play ping-pong.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Five Children and It.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
They captured our imagination and stayed with us all of our lives.
Describe your desk.
Ken is very messy. Anne is very neat.
Lea: Have to admit I giggled with this response. :)
Who is the main character?
What's her story?
Alice lives in New York City and shares time with her two parents, who were getting divorced in STONE FACES. She is athletic and loves to play. She can get very involved with things, and her imagination leads her to places where adventures occur.
Where/when does the story take place?
SPLOTCH takes place in New York City and in the imagination of Alice and her friends.
Lea: I truly loved the concept behind this book.
How did the story come to you?
One day, we were walking in New York City and saw some paint spilled on the sidewalk that had the shape of a dog. We wondered what would happen if a splotch of paint like that would somehow come to life. The story evolved from there.
Who is your target audience?
Children in grades 3 through 6, and parents who enjoy a laugh.
Lea: Well, I certainly giggled and I'm way over grade 6.
What makes your book different from other similar ones?
Alice has an attitude that can get her into trouble. Her thoughts are sometimes slightly rude and the predicaments are exciting and fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
We love when people read and enjoy our books. It means everything to us.
Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
From everyday objects we see while on our walks. STONE FACES came from a stone we found on the beach. BROWNSTONE FACES is derived from some stone carvings we saw in New York City. SPLOTCH started as an actual paint splatter on the sidewalk.
Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
Always write about what interests you. Then what you write will be interesting to others. Also, re-write, re-write, and re-write some more.
For information on Anne and Ken's books, please visit here.