Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Author Interview: Judy Enderle

Three years ago I attended my first SCBWI meeting and met Judy Enderle for the first time. I had just started writing my first novel and was bursting with a mixture of wild enthusiasm and naïveté. Judy doesn't know this, but she was the first author I ever spoke to and I was in awe, hanging on her every word. When I asked her for advice she said, "Get involved with SCBWI. Volunteer." So I did. And many wonderful things have happened as a result. It is my privilege to share this interview with Judy.

On Writing:

Favorite thing about writing a first draft: Spilling the words on paper and seeing the characters come alive. Also love the surprises those characters spring.

Best thing about writing for kids and/or teens: All of the people involved: industry folk, other writers, book sellers, librarians, and especially fabulous readers.

Favorite word?: I love them all (even the profane ones) and enjoy discovering and inventing new words. I'm a crossword puzzle fiend.

One word that describes your path to publication: believe

If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and a: landscape architect

On Life:

If I could snap my fingers and solve one of the problems here on
earth, it would be:
War would be history.

One question I wish I had a definitive answer to: Why just one?

Best thing about being a child: Discovering everything!

Worst thing about being a child: Lacking the ability or the power to do everything you want to do.

Best thing about being a teenager: Connecting with friends and the possibilities for the future.

Worst thing about being a teenager: Realizing you have a lot of decisions to make.

Most memorable teen moment: Driver's training where I was one of two girls in the class and I met my first boyfriend. (And yes I wrote about it.)

A quote I live by: It doesn't cost anything to be nice. (And I don't know who said it.)

Learn more about Judy and her work here: http://www.writersinkville.com


  1. Judy is so kind! I especially like her point about characters coming to life as we spill them onto our first draft.

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing Angelina.

  2. Thanks, Suma. Next interview will be up on Tuesday!


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