During a recent school visit to Edgewood Elementary in Greenfield, Wisconsin, the students all wrote questions on index cards. Since I wasn’t able to get to all of the questions, here are 10, along with my answers. I love the creative questions from these kids! Thanks for bringing Destination Nature into your school Edgewood!
Question 1: Why is nature so important?
Nature is so important because it gives us so many GREAT things, and it makes us really happy. My favorite things in nature include birds, gardening, and animals. We have to protect nature to protect all of the things we love in nature, too!
Question 2: Do you like your job?
I do like my job as a writer and editor. If I were going to give you advice, I would say do lots and lots of research. You can’t just read one thing or one book and get information from just one source. You have to do lots and lots of reading (and sometimes even interview people) to find the coolest information.
Question 3: How do you write books?
I write books mostly on my laptop computer. However, I did once have an inspiration for a book while on an airplane, and I wrote a lot of the book in a journal while flying to California!
Question 4: What is your favorite ice cream?
My favorite ice cream is homemade ice cream. I have my own ice cream machine, and we love making our own. I also like strawberry, peach, and banana ice cream a LOT!
Question 5: What color of crayons do you have?
What color of crayons do I have? Um….ALL THE COLORS! You never know what color of crayon you need, so it’s best to have them all.
Question 6: Where do you write the best?
Where do I write best? I have this spot on the edge of my sofa where I like to write. It’s not fancy or anything, but it’s so comfy. Even better is if there’s a fire crackling in the background!
Question 7: Is it hard to write books with two kids running around the house?
Not really. My two kids, Jack and Annabelle, are really good about giving me time to write. Sometimes they even add some ideas for me. But what is hard is writing with TWO DOGS running around the house. They need more than my kids!
Question 8: Why do you write so many animal books?
Dear Emily, I love writing about animals because kids LOVE animals (and I do, too). I’m not mad that you asked, but that totally cracked me up that you said that. It’s funny because when I first starting having books, kids would always ask the most questions about animals. Since I could tell they really LOVED animals, I thought it was time to write a book just about animals, which is why the book The Secret Lives of Animals was created!
Question 9: Do you draw your own pictures?
I don’t hire the illustrator myself…that’s a job for the publisher. But Rachel Riordan is this super awesome illustrator from Canada, and she’s illustrated three books: The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book, The Truth About Nature, and The Secret Lives of Animals. She’s so amazing…everyone is always asking who did those illustrations.
Question 10: Why did you start writing?
I feel like I’ve always been a writer. Even when I was in elementary school, I remember liking writing and doing essays. As far as the facts go, I have to do a LOT, LOT, LOT of research. In fact, The Secret Lives of Animals had to have 1,001 cool and amazing facts. So there was a lot of reading before any of the writing could happen.