Saturday, April 9, 2011

H is for James Howe

Born: 1946

Excellent BooksBrontorina and over 80 books for audiences from three years old to teenagers.  Many have won awards.

From His Life:  James enjoyed lots of pets when he was a young child and liked to imagine what they would say to each other.  Beginning with his first book, Bunnicula, you can see imaginative talking animals come to life.  He and his wife also enjoyed the many vampire movies that played on late night television in the late 1970's.

Advice for Aspiring Writers:  Write!  and Write a lot!  In an interview with Scholastic students, James said, "You'd be surprised how much you can write when you're writing every day."  He also said, "Write what matters to you, write what makes you laugh, write what makes you cry, write in order to get a reaction from the reader, write because you have to, and write because it is fun for you."



Kenda said...

Love the interview link, love the quote. Thanks for sharing :-)

Laura Marcella said...

"You'd be surprised how much you can write when you're writing every day."

Love that tip! It's so true. I've been meaning to get "Brontorina" for my nephew and niece. My neph is crazy about dinosaurs, and since his little sister worships him, she loves them too!

TheyCallMeVarmit said...

Really nice H post! Thanks for the link as well...when I was a kid, I loved (!!) Bunnicula. daughter just started reading it too.

Carla said...

Kenda, I'm glad you liked it!

Laura, I loved that tip too! My little girl loves dinosaurs too!

TheyCallMeVarmit, I have never read Bunnicula, but it sounds like a lot of fun! And apparently it's been reprinted several times!


Stephanie Faris said...

It doesn't look like my comment went through, so let's try again.

That last piece of advice is awesome. What more is there to say? Write! Just do it!

Angela Felsted said...

Funny how so many writers give the same advice. "Write, keep writing, write a lot."

There must be something to that.

Carla said...

Stephanie, I'm not sure what happened, but thanks for re-posting your comment!

It's so true, Angela! It's seems to be a constant theme.


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