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Sid FleischmanDescribe your latest project.
Before turning myself into writer, I was a professional magician. I had been inspired by the fabled exploits of Harry Houdini, the escape artist and magician who walked through brick walls and made elephants disappear. As a teenager, I had come to know his widow, Bess. Decades passed before it occurred to me to write a biography of the world's greatest trickster. I could bring the special insights of a magician to his life. I knew how his tricks were done.
Once I began writing Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini, I regarded it as a great gift to be handed the characters and plot in advance. I didn't have to invent anything, as I was obliged to do in my many novels. Writing Escape! was as pleasant as having breakfast in bed.
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
What was your favorite story as a child?
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.
Make a question of your own, and then answer it.
A: I'm too lazy to retire. And I have too much fun dreaming up stories.