People tell me that it must be easy to write for kids. After all, books for young readers are brief and use simple vocabulary. Hah! If it were that easy, I’d be the published author of 88 kids’ books, instead of only 8.
Writing for kids keeps me in touch with my inner child. She’s not a bad kid. She enjoys simple pleasures, finds magic everywhere and she dreams big. But she also whines about the unfairness of life, pouts when her sister gets the larger slice of cake and regards adult behaviour with various degrees of scepticism. I must always listen to her to avoid writing down to my readers.
My 3 graphic novels in the Timeline Series published by Rubicon and Scholastic Canada (The Golden Scarab, Fighting for Rights and Trapped in Gallipoli) were challenging to write. Not only did I have to keep track of each plot, but also I had to give directions about the relevant art work; this was a new experience. My favourite is Trapped in Gallipoli because I love the traditional illustrating style of Scott Page.