Sunday, February 22, 2015

Q&A with Author Ms. Jennifer Richard Jacobson

So, I had the pleasure of interviewing "Paper Thing's author Ms. Jennifer Richard Jacobson. I had so much fun reading the book which you all should order or buy a copy of and hearing what the author had to say.

1.   Did you want to be a writer?

 Actually, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher (and I still am).  I did love reading as a child, and when I was required to take a children’s literature course in college, I fell back in love with children’s stories.  I decided that I also wanted to write them.

 2.   What was your inspiration while writing "Paper Things"?

 I’m in classrooms across the country, working with students, and listening to their stories. So many children struggle against amazing odds.  I wanted to write a book that explored the difficulty of succeeding in school when you don’t have a consistent home.

 3.   Who is your favorite author?

 E.B. White who wrote Charlotte’s Web.      

4. Are there any other books to come in the future?

 Yes, I’m working on a middle grade now titled The Dollar Kids.  It’s about a group of children who are newcomers in a mill town that desperately needs change, but is doing everything possible to avoid it.

 5.   Who was the most influential person in your life?

 My mom.  She was a teacher and school consultant who also loved reading and writing.

 6.   Which books do you prefer "Paperback or ebooks"?

 I prefer to hold a paperback in my hand, but because I’m on the road so often, and can’t carry all the books I want to read, I download ebooks.  I also adore listening to audiobooks and usually have one downloaded on my phone for easy access.

 7.   Why did you title your book "Paper Things"?

 When I was a child, I played the same game that Ari plays and I called it Paper Things.  I like thinking about the importance of paper, but also the fragility of things that are made of paper.

 8.   Which character best defines you?

 Definitely Ari.  I wasn’t homeless as a child, but I was frequently sick and had to stay home from school.  I , too, fell hopelessly behind, and it was difficult to maintain friendships.  Like Ari, I created an imaginary world, a home really, where everyone was doing fine.


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