“Are you working on a book right now?”

After “Where do you get your ideas?” and “How long does it take you to write a book?” readers often ask, “Are you working on a book right now?” My answer is always, “Yes.”


At a launch of The Dog Who Wanted to Fly this spring, I was asked, “Do you ever work on more than one book at a time?” The answer, “Yes,” has never been moreso than during the past six months:

  • A counting story different in a number of ways from others I’ve seen
  • A picture book story on a musical theme but no violins this time
  • A picture book biography inspired by a film I saw in December
  • An update of a picture book originally published in the 20th century.

When — or even if — any of these will see the light of day, only time will tell. On only one of them has a publisher mentioned the word “contract.” But two others have at least captured publishers’ “interest” in working with me on them. And I shall plug away, ever hopeful.

What projects (writing or otherwise) are keeping you happily occupied these days?

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