Jeanne Birdsall grew up
in the suburbs
She says she
first decided to
become a writer
when she was ten
years old, but
it took her
until she was
forty-one to get
started. In the
and also worked
with some of her
photos in the
Art Museum. She
now lives in
husband, in an
house, full of
In a rather charming interview that used to reside on her website but seems to have been removed, Jane, one of the fictional Penderwick children, asks Jeanne questions about herself including:
Jane: You don't have any children of your own, and your stepchildren are quite grown-up. Why do you write for children?
Jeanne: I remember my own childhood very well, and love the books I first read then better than most "adult" books I've read since. And, too, my niece and nephewKelsey and Jesselive nearby and keep me honest about childhood.
Jane: How do I get my Sabrina Starr books published?
Jeanne: Didn't you learn your lesson from that awful Dexter? You're too young to worry about publishing. Just read, read, read, and write, write, write, and everything will work out fine.
This article was originally published in November 2005, and has been updated for the
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