5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Interview (and GIVEAWAY): Cindy Jenson Elliott

3 interviews in 3 days! How’d I get to lucky? I hope you enjoy today’s interview with WEEDS FIND A WAY author Cindy Jenson Elliott more than you enjoy the weeds that show up in your garden.


Here are the rules:

1. I give the interviewee 5 questions

2. They have to answer

  • 1 question with 5 sentences

  • 1 question with 4 sentences

  • 1 question with 3 sentences

  • 1 question with 2 sentences

  • 1 question with 1 sentence

Weeds Find A Way cover

1. Can you tell us a little bit about Weeds Find a Way?

A garden is a place where hope meets reality. My first year as a garden teacher, I was really hopeful that the garden would grow the way I planned—with veggies and flowers in neat and tidy rows. Instead, a weedy reality sprouted. At first I despaired: I was such an awful gardener! Then I realized that—WOW—our garden was full of free plants, a gift from nature with a message that even when things don’t go as we plan, life is beautiful and bountiful. (5)

2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?  

My favorite thing about writing is also my favorite thing about teaching. I get to explore things I am interested in, and share the beauty and wonder of the world with amazing people.  (2)

 3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?

Sometimes writing something new is like standing at the edge of a high cliff above a really cold ocean and trying to get the courage to jump in. (I am also a distance ocean swimmer, so this is a good metaphor for me.) I have the thought that I can’t write about a topic, I don’t know where to begin, or—what if, what if, what if—it sounds bad? I have learned to turn off my worried mind and throw myself off the cliff and start swimming—or writing—as fast as I can. (4)

 4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?

 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. When I was a child, I imagined that when I died, I would meet all my favorite characters in heaven. There is a part of me that still believes that. (3)


 5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?  

Be nice to yourself; your writing doesn’t have to be perfect.  (1)


Cindy Jenson-Elliott is the author of fourteen books of nonfiction and hundreds of articles for newspapers, magazines and educational publishers. She is a teacher and environmental educator with an MA in education and a passion for connecting children with nature. In her free time, she enjoys swimming in the ocean and spending time outdoors in San Diego, where she lives and gardens with her family of four humans and three Buff Orpington chickens. Visit her at CindyJensonElliott.com

Cindy Jenson-Elliott photo

Check out all the stops on the WEEDS FIND A WAY blog tour!

Mon, Feb 24
Growing with Science
Tues, Feb 25
As They Grow Up
Wed, Feb 26
Kid Lit Frenzy
Thurs, Feb 27
Fri, Feb 28
Children’s Book Review
Mon, Mar 3
Let’s Go Chipper!
Tues, Mar 4
Just a Little Creativity
Wed, Mar 5
Unleashing Readers
Thurs, Mar 6
5 Minutes for Books
Fri, Mar 7
Archimedes Notebook


I’m giving away one copy of Weeds Find A Way.

Giveaway runs until March 2 at 11:59 EST.


1. Must be 13 years old or older

2. US mailing address


One thought on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Interview (and GIVEAWAY): Cindy Jenson Elliott

  1. I really like the sound and look of this book. What a great subject! AND lesson to be taught 🙂 Weeds DO find their way—-just like water 🙂 Thanks for the interview, Cindy and Colby!


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