Meet Sara O’Leary. She wrote the story “Lucie’s Little Sister” in January/February Chirp. We asked her a few questions about creating her stories. Check out what she had to say:
When you were a kid, what was your favourite picture book? I used to love P.D. Eastman’s books: Sam and The Firefly, Are You My Mother? and Go, Dog. Go! in particular.
What kids’ book do you love right now? I’m a big fan of Oliver Jeffers. I think Lost and Found may be the best boy-meets-penguin story ever told.
Where do you get ideas for your stories? Everything in my books really happened. I’m sure my son remembers riding around in his father’s shirt pocket.
Have your characters ever done anything that surprised you? The surprising thing for me is working with an illustrator and seeing the character come to life. How does Julie Morstad know just how Henry looked in my head? And how did she know before I did? I’m now working on a new series with Julie about a little girl named Sadie and can’t wait to see what she is going to look like!
What’s your favourite colour? Funnily, my *least* favourite colour is pink. But now that I have such a pretty pink book to look at, I’ve had to revise that opinion.
Sara O’Leary is the author of When You Were Small, Where You Came From and When I Was Small.
Katherine, Chirp Editor