My third of the trifecta is an interview with the man himself: Tad Hills.
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
3. They get to pick which question which question to answer with each number of sentences
4. Have fun!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about your characters Duck and Goose?
Duck and Goose are two feathered friends who have lots of fun together. Sometimes they disagree and argue but, in the end, they know that they can always count on each other.
2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
Most if all, I love creating characters. When I’m writing a story I spend a lot of time with them and I get to know them very well- they become my friends, part of my family. I hear their voices in my head telling me what they want to do and say and I just write it all down. Sometimes the things I hear them say make me laugh out loud.
3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
There are many difficult things about being a writer but I think the hardest part is just getting started. It can be very frustrating trying to think of something to write about. The harder I try, the less likely it is that I’ll find inspiration. Then, when I’m not trying to think of a story, an idea will suddenly pop into my head, seemingly out of nowhere. Just like when Rocket sniffs the gentle breeze and smells feathers and pine needles, sometimes the smallest thing can light the spark of inspiration.
4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
I would love to spend a day in Maine wandering around the rocky coastline and fields picking blueberries just like Sal does.
5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?
I think it is very important for writers to understand, as Rocket discovers in Rocket Writes a Story, that stories take time and are constantly changing. This could mean rewriting your story again and again so that it is as good as it can be. It could mean not only adding words, sentences and details to your story but also taking out words, sentences and details if they are not helping to make the story better.