We were very lucky to have Erica Perl attend Nerd Camp last week. She was amazing with our junior campers. Erica is a gift to children’s literature. Erica answered a handful of my questions about her new bookFerociously Fluffity.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about Ferociously Fluffity?
All the kids in Room 2-D are desperate to hold Fluffity, their adorable new class pet, even though their teacher, Mr. Drake, tells them to wait. When an opportunity presents itself, the students give in to temptation and quickly learn the wisdom of Mr. Drake’s warning. Fluffity bites kid after kid, and her chomping leads to a wild chase through the halls. Who will stop the haywire hamster, and how? Especially when her next victim is… Mr. Drake!
2. What is best part about being a writer?
Sharing my books with kids! Plus, my publicist said she’d bake me a delicious rhubarb pie when I finished this book.
3. What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
Apparently, my publicist was kidding about the pie.
4. If you could spend one day living in the world of a book, which book would you pick?
Hmm, that’s a hard one. Actually, it’s not. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
5. What advice do you have for the young creators in my classroom?
Read everything! Write the kinds of things you love to read, even if you’re convinced that no one else will want to read them. Drawing, dancing, running and all kinds of non-writing activities can give you great “aha!” moments for your writing… just make sure you write them down before they escape. Don’t be tempted to edit while you write – editing interrupts the flow of your writing and works better if you come back and do it later.