Q: When did you start writing childrens' books?
A: About fourteen years ago, I was given the opportunity to write a series about children in a preschool classroom...except the children were little dinosaurs. I drew upon my teaching experiences to depict their social/emotional ups and downs. The first Dinofours book that I wrote was "I'm Super Dino!"
Q: What was your favorite children's book when you were a child?
A: I really enjoyed "The Red Carpet" by Rex Parkin. It was a rhyming adventure about a hotel's carpet that got rolled out and "KEPT RIGHT ON ROLLING!" I especially liked how the carpet created mayhem as it travelled throughout the city.
Q: How do you and your illustrator work together?
A: Actually, I have never met many of the illustrators with whom I work. After I write the story, the art director sends the story to the illustrator, noting how the words get divided onto different pages. Sometimes I get to see the illustrators' sketches and make comments...but not for every story.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: I get my ideas from many sources. I could be observing a parent getting a hug from her child after school or watching a leaf fall down from a tree. I try to create stories that kids can connect with and to help their imaginations grow! In addition, I like making up stories to tell to my daughter at bedtime. Some of these stories, like "The Bossy Dolly", ended up as picture books.
Q: How may books have you written?
A: My latest story, "The Silly Turkey Party," was my 60th book.
Q: Where do you live?
A: I live with my wife, Nancy, and my daughter, Julia, in New York City, right near Central Park.