ALISON LOHANS was first published at age 12 and has produced more than 20 books for children since then. When she's not writing, Alison teaches, plays the cello, and assembles a mean jigsaw puzzle.
KATHLEEN MCDONNELL is an award-winning author and playwright, who's covered genres as diverse as fantasy, historical fiction, and nonfiction. Her most recent book, Emily Included, is the true story of a girl with cystic fibrosis who fights to attend a "regular" school.
GINA MCMURCHY-BARBER is an archaeologist by training, a passion that found its way into her Peggy Henderson Adventure series. She's also an animal lover and a Governor General's Award-winning teacher of Canadian history.
CAROLINE PIGNAT's young adult novel Greener Grass won the 2009 Governor General's award. Her best advice for other writers is: "Pursue your passion. Follow your dream. Never “mature” ... and, most importantly, always write your Granny."
JESSICA SCOTT KERRIN is best known for the hugely popular Martin Bridge series of chapter books for boys (although girls love them, too). She says that writing is the next best thing to being an astronaut, because it involves blasting off and exploring the unknown.
RINA SINGH is a poet, storyteller, and author of children's picture books. Many of her titles, like Nearly Nonsense, are inspired by traditional tales from around the world. She's also passionate about photography, which isn't all that different - in her Dad's words, "Photography is writing with light."
ANDREA SPALDING's writing career began with scripts for Storytime, a national television show for young kids. From there, she moved on to picture books, young adult fiction, and fantasy. Andrea lives on an island in BC that's visited by whales - someday she hopes to write a book about them.
Today's authors answered six questions: five common to all, and one specific to each person. Click the links below to jump to a question. And don't forget to comment! You'll get one entry into the prize draws for each post you comment on (click here for full contest rules).
1) This year's TD Book Week is themed "Read a Book, Share a Story." How does this theme match your personal philosophy?
2) What aspect of TD Book Week (or your travels) are you most excited about?
3) What does your presentation include?
4) What's the best (or most unusual) question a kid's ever asked you? How did you answer?
5) Which of your books was the most difficult (or easiest) to write? Why?
6) Mystery questions!