Scholastic Mother-Daughter Book Club: May Selections
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I grew up with a force of nature in my mother. And I'm married to a force of nature with my wife, whose name is Michelle. So, if you're wondering who the role model for Michelle Maxwell was, you have the answer. So, that's why.
...as a kid growing up, I read a lot of fantasy and I'd always loved that. And I've always felt that a writer, if you don't stretch, you sort of wither on the vine. So, for me, it was a challenge to get out of my comfort zone and write in a genre and in a way that I'd never written about before.
It took me five years to do this book, and four and a half years was sort of banging my head against the wall and trying to get the story and the characters and everything right so I could really sit down and write this book the way I wanted to write it...I'm prolific because I'm just a kid. I'm a seven-year-old boy looking at a blank piece of paper, exercising my imagination. And that's really what I do.
And I call it a job, but it's really not.
...I just sit down in front of my computer or sometimes in front of a legal pad and just let it fly and see what works.
And some days I think I'm going to go in one direction but I happen to go in another because it just feels right. I think my instincts over the years have served me well. So, I really just like to innovate and be creative right there while I'm sitting down in front of the screen and just let the words pop out of me.
I know it feels like it's almost happening spontaneously, but I've always thought the subconscious is just another way of saying things you've been thinking about a long time at a certain level, and they bubble to the surface. And we think we just thought of them, but actually we've been ruminating on them for a long time.
And libraries, for me, I've always considered them the foundation of the democracy. You walk into a building and it's filled full with books. But, it's really filled with ideas and diversity of opinion, and the things that are very important to people in a free and open society.
And I've always thought that readers are far more interesting than people who don't read, because you just are exposed to so much more. Your level of tolerance is far higher. You're open-minded and you're open to new ideas and opinions.
...And filling a place with books and walking in and seeing these ideas on a shelf is just the coolest thing in the world. And we're a nation that's built on that type of concept, and we're a nation of libraries. And that's something we have to keep and hold dear.
People going in to seek food assistance tend to have low literacy skills. And sending them home with books is always a good thing, and we've shipped out over a million books in the last four years.
I'm a writer today because I was a reader as a kid. And I know that for a fact, and that's why I stress the importance of reading so often.