Tell us about your dream assignment.
I’d absolutely love to be assigned to write a humorous young-adult series that is targeted at intelligent preteen and teen girls. I think that age group could use more humor. There are so many deadly serious or vapid books for teens, but not a lot that incorporate humor in a clever manner.
What is your PR pet peeve?
I can’t stand pushiness from a PR rep. If I make it clear that I’m not interested in a product, interview, or whatever that person is offering, then I’m not interested! Please don’t ask me to follow up, try something else, or refer you elsewhere.
Top trend in the industry you’re currently covering or are interested in.
I am primarily a children’s writer and editor, so I closely follow trends in children’s books and young-adult literature. Lately, I’ve been noticing that writer/illustrator books seem to be making a huge splash. In previous years, it was nearly impossible to get an editor to look at your work if you wrote and illustrated, but it seems that now it’s a huge asset if you actually have the chops to do both.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a freelance professional children’s author and editor. I have previously worked full-time at Highlights for Children magazine and am also involved with work on children’s projects for Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. I’ve been writing and editing for more than 10 years and have hundreds of published pieces, including fiction and non-fiction, in print and online. I contribute regularly to www.lovetoknow.com and I’m always seeking assignments and ideas for my next story.