FAQs FAQs About Me

What do you like most about being a writer?

First of all, I get to live in the world of my own imagination all the time. It’s great! Secondly, I don’t exactly have a boss. I have an editor, but an editor is not really the same thing as a boss. I work hard, probably as much as people with regular jobs do, but I get to set the hours myself. Finally, I can go to work in my pajamas if I want to. I don’t, but I can if I want to.

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

It’s like asking if I have a favorite child. A very hard question to answer as I write many different kinds of books—fiction, non-fiction, and picture books. But I guess I would have to say that, of the novels, I really loved The Bone Wars and True North. And of the non-fiction books, I really loved the one about the rain forest called The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy.

Will you visit my school?

No, I'm sorry but I don't have time to visit schools. I need to spend my time at my desk, writing books.

Will you be my pen pal?

No, sorry again. As much as I enjoy hearing from my readers, I simply don't have the time to keep up a correspondence with so many of you.

Are you married?

Yes. My husband, Christopher Knight, is a photographer, and has illustrated many of my non-fiction books.

Do you have children?

Yes, I have two terrific kids, a boy and a girl. They’re both all grown up now.

Do you get any ideas for books from your kids?

Well, it’s not like they say, “Mom, you should write a book about this,” but, by being a careful observer and just listening, I might get some ideas from them. Actually one time I did get a very specific book idea from my kids. My son used to tease my daughter, and call her Porkenstein although she was the skinniest little thing you ever saw. Anyhow, they started talking about this monster pig. It gave me an idea for a book based on the Three Little Pigs story, about how the third pig who was not eaten up grew so lonely that he decided to invent himself a brother pig—Porkenstein! The book is pretty funny and the illustrations are great.

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