Interview with Author Deborah Freedman


Photo by Dora S.

By Roberto T.

On Thursday, Dec. 6th, author and illustrator Deborah Freedman visited the school and spoke with students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade about being an author and illustrator. Fifth grade student Roberto T. had the chance to sit down and ask Deborah some questions about what it’s like to be a published author.

Q. What convinced you to start writing picture books? A. I read to my children when they were young and fell in love with picture books.
Q. What age did you start to be an author/illustrator? A. I started drawing when I was a kid. When I started writing pictures for my kids, I started making stories/illustrating books.
Q. What gave you your ideas? A. Every book comes from a different idea. My first book was called Scribble and it about two sisters and how they liked to draw. When I was a child, I liked to draw and felt that I had two sides to my own personality.
Q. What is your favorite book that you made? A. I don’t have a favorite book.
Q. What is your favorite genre to read? A. I don’t really have a favorite genre; I like to switch between fiction and non-fiction.
Q. Where was your first book written? A. At home.
Q. What has been your experience at BCHA? A. It’s been wonderful! Everyone has been listening well and asking interesting questions.
Q. Would you like to say anything else? A. “Good writers are readers and are patient.”