About My Books
+ I have a book report due! Can you tell me the plot/theme/setting of one of your books?
+ Where did you get the idea for Whatever After?
As a kid, I had two favorite kinds of bedtime stories. The first were about a little girl named Sarah who lived in Montreal, just like I did, but magic stuff happened to her, like she had a magic umbrella and could fly, or a magic fork that could turn vegetables into chocolate. The second were fractured fairy tales. Since I was not a fan of vegetables, when my mom told me the story of the Princess and the Pea, the queen put M&Ms under the girl’s mattress to see if she was a true princess. When I became a writer I wondered: What if I combined the two? What if a regular girl magically fell into a fairy tale and fractured it?
+ Where did you get the idea for Upside-Down Magic?
Emily Jenkins, Lauren Myracle, and I told our editor David that we wanted to write a book together and laid out all these elements we thought it should have — funny magic, eccentric characters, emotional truth, ridiculous composite animals, flying sequences, and so on. All four of us talked, and David helped us shape the idea of a magic school with a class for, well, magical misfits.
+ Who illustrates the Whatever After books?
Helen Huang! She is amazing.
+ Have your books won any awards?
+ You didn't answer my question!
I didn't? Did you read the other FAQ pages? (Check out the FAQs about me, about writing, about becoming a writer, and about my upcoming books.) You already read all those pages? And I still didn't answer your question? Oops. Sorry about that. You can head to the Contact page for my snail mail address or to get in touch with me via email. I'll do my best to get back with you as soon as possible!