5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Lee Wardlaw

I hope everyone is enjoying today as much as I am. I’m writing this introduction on a beach chair as I watch my kids play in the Gulf Of Mexico. I’m going to ge tight to the interview so that I can get get back to beachin’.

5,4,3,2,1 Interview with Lee Wardlaw


Can you tell us a little bit about the WON TON AND CHOPSTICK?

Won Ton cat’s purr-fect life is forever changed when his family does the incomprehensible: They adopt a (gasp!) D.O.G. Think sibling rivalrywith whiskers! (2)



What is your favorite thing about being an author?

I get to work at home in my kitty slippers. (1)


What’s the hardest thing about being an author?

Newbie writers think the hardest thing isselling that first manuscript. Nopeit’s when one of your books goes out of print. It’s like raising a child: you do all you can to ensure he’ll be happy and healthy, and have goodfriends. And then, one day, he’s kicked out of the cool club, relegated to the remainder table because no one wants to play with him anymore. WAH! (5)

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

Easy: Harry PotterI’d be BFFs with Hermione. And I’d have a wand made of Hawaiian koa wood with a little bit of cat hairembedded in it. (3)

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

If you’re stuck for an idea, write about the time you felt a super strong emotion, such as embarrassment, shame, fear, anger, grief, or jealousy. (I used all six of thoseand more!in Won Ton and Chopstick! See if you can find them!) Strong emotions are a great tool for helping you connect with your story, and connecting your readers with that story. (4)

Lee Wardlaw swears that her first spoken word was “kitty.” Since then, she’s shared her life with 30 cats (not all at the same time!) and published 30 books for young readers, including Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Children’s Poetry Award, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, and the Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion. She lives in Santa Barbara, California with her family.http://www.leewardlaw.com

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Twitter: @LeeWardlaw


One thought on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Lee Wardlaw

  1. The idea of a story being written completely in haiku really appeals to me. I LOVE haiku! 🙂 And I’m all over Harry Potter with you, Lee 🙂 Love the interview, you two!


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