I’m not certain I agree with you that Jerry Lee is the happiest character in the book but you are certainly entitled to your opinion. There are two factors that contributed to the creation of Jerry Lee. The first came early on, while I was walking through New Hampshire. The very first day of my walk I passed a sign advertising puppies for sale. I began thinking then, as I was walking, how different it would be if I had a dog along with me. The other experience that created in my mind a need for a dog was a chance observation on Main Street in Brattleboro when I came upon a teenager and her dog sitting on the edge of the road. These chance encounters, these unanticipated moments, these stray threads the writer discovers over the course of the months and years it takes to write a book have a way of entering the writer’s brain and becoming caught up in the weaving of the story.
- “How did you get the ideas of those characters?” asked Mia of Mars, Pennsylvania after reading LETTERS FROM RIFKA.
- Andrea from Farmingdale, New York wondered if I had problems like the Faulstichs when I was young.
- “How did you get the idea for JUST JUICE?”
- “Did people actually gather cats in baskets and let them go at the right time to sneak food through the wall?” asked Leah of Hackettstown, New Jersey. “And was it a common tactic?”
- “About what do you really like to write and why?” asked Emma of Summit Middle School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- “How long did it take you to write THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS?”
- “How old were you when you started taking writing seriously?”
- “Why did you write OUT OF THE DUST in poems?”
- “In Letters From Rifka, what inspired you to write in letter format?”
- “Would you write a sequel to LETTERS FROM RIFKA?”
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