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.
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
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