Abe is homeless - what made you pick him?
I wrote about the character of "Abe' because I have always had an interest in people that were different than the people I saw every day. I'm interested in how individuals become the people they are, how they grow and change with their circumstances, and who they are aside from the person we see on the outside.
My daughter said after reading the book "Sharing is Caring"...is that the message you wanted kids to get from the book?
I think is so sweet that your daughter said "sharing is caring" , because that is exactly what I want children to get from this story. When my son was young, he wasn't interested in books about super heroes or the collectible trading cards that the other kids were in to. He wanted something more, and enjoyed books that made him ask questions and think about things he had never thought about before.
What is your next project?
My next project is entitled 'Bizzy Bee and the Flowers'. I am currently working with my illustrator on the pictures. It is a story about a bumblebee as he goes out into the world for the first time. Through the characters he meets, he learns about individual differences, perseverence and his role in the scheme of things. I expect to publish it early next year.
When you aren't writing or working with autistic children, what do you do for fun or to relax?
When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my son, cooking, doing crossword puzzles, and visiting with friends.
What something interesting/odd/funny/quirky about you?