Time to introduce another one of our 20th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference Distinguished Faculty members; Author Kevin Emerson. Kevin is the author of the OLIVER NOCTURNE books and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. He also writes songs and sings in Seattle band Central Services, and their kids' music counterpart, The Board of Education. A former elementary school science teacher, Kevin continues to work with kids and teens at 826 Seattle and teaches through the Writers in Schools program.
Here's a question/answer from an Interview on TRT Book Club.
A group of teens ask you the best way to become a published writer. How do you answer the question?
I would tell them to keep writing, start every new idea, don’t worry about finishing them all. And as they write something, to imagine who they are writing for. If you imagine other teens reading your work, then show it to other teens. Be the coolest writer among all your friends, then your class, then your town, and so on and so forth. Also, seek out some criticism early, but not too much, and look to the books you love for inspiration.
You can find out more information about Kevin, and his work on his website. An interesting fact about Kevin is that he spent a semester in Kenya studying wildlife biology and conservation.