I started trying to write when I was in second or third grade.
I think I learned a lot from reading in general - even from reading badly written books.
Sometimes I can spend as long revising a manuscript as I spent writing it in the first place.
I like the fact that kids are willing to be imaginative and go along with me when I'm telling strange tales.
There's something about each of my books that I'm really proud of, and there's something about each of my books that I cringe over.
I like playing around with the words; I love it when I feel like I've picked the exact right word to describe whatever it is I'm trying to describe.
I was lucky enough not to face any required summer reading lists until I went to college. So I still think of summer as the best time to read for fun.
It's just so much fun to make up characters, situations, and everything else about a story. I have so much freedom and flexibility to do whatever I want.
I loved to read when I was a kid, and as soon as I realized that an actual person got to make up the books I loved so much, I decided that that was the job for me.
I write a book over a period of months or years, and when I'm done with it, usually another year goes by before I see it in print. It's hard to be patient and wait.