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Original Essays | September 9, 2013 5 comments
Editor's note: Chris Bolton is not only a former Powell's employee, he was also once the primary writer for this blog. So we are particularly proud... Continue »
Daniel PinkwaterDescribe your latest project.
The Yggyssey is roughly eight-and-a-half by five-and-a-half inches, printed in black ink on nice white paper, with very good drawing by Calef Brown on the outside. The pages are numbered, with line drawings by the same artist at the beginning of each chapter.
The Brothers Karamazov
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
Describe your most memorable teacher.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
Now small fowls flew screaming over the yet yawning gulf; a sullen white surf beat against its steep sides; then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago.
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
Do you read the Sunday funnies, and which are your favorites?
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
What was your favorite story as a child?
What do you do for relaxation?
What is your idea of bliss?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
Tell us about your pets.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
Who are your favorite characters in history?
If you could be someone else, who would that be, and why?
If you could pick anyone to illustrate one of your books, who would it be and why?
Conversely, if you're an illustrator, for what author would you like to illustrate?
I am an illustrator, temporarily retired by popular request. I would like to take a crack at The Book of Kells, but someone would have to make it worth my while.
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
A: I have nothing but love and respect for readers. Also, I believe that what an author does, or thinks he does, or thinks he has done, is completely unimportant. What is important is what the reader thinks or experiences. The book is not finished until you read it.
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Daniel Pinkwater is crazy about writing, and has been trying to learn how to do it for 50 years. He has written about a hundred books, all but two or three of them good. People who own radios may know Daniel Pinkwater as a popular commentator and children's book reviewer on National Public Radio. At one time, he lived in Los Angeles, went to a fancy private school with the children of movie stars, and ate in The Hat numerous times. He lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York's Hudson River Valley.