Coffee & Conversation with Deborah Wiles!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m so excited because we have the lovely Deborah Wiles joining us in the cyber cafe today!

Deborah is the author of picture books and novels for young readers including Each Little Bird That Sings, a National Book Award Finalist, and Countdown, book one of “The Sixties Trilogy: Three Novels of the 1960s for Young Readers.”

She’s also the author of Love, Ruby Lavender,one of my all-time favorite books, (love, love, LOVE it,) and she will be presenting at our upcoming SCBWI conference, Creating Sparks: Kindle the Fire of Imagination!

And now that Deborah is comfy-cozy in the cyber chair with her favorite coffeehouse beverage, decaf coffee with cream . . .

. . . and her favorite snack, popcorn . . .

Let’s begin! First off, Deborah, what was your favorite book as a child?

I lovedMr. Dog and also The Golden Book of 365 Stories.

When did you decide to be a writer?

In my 20’s.

What advice for beginners do you wish you would’ve followed?

 Tap into your own story first.

 Where’s your favorite place to work?

I work on a green chaise lounge in my office.

How were you inspired to write your current or upcoming release?

I love the sixties and wanted to revisit that time period. Wanted to make it accessible to young readers. 

If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now? 

 I didn’t know I could have a career path.

If you could go back in time and make changes to any of your published books, would you?  If so, which one and why?

The only change I’d make is in EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS. I’d have Uncle Edisto come up with a line that says something like, “We’re all like little birds, Comfort, singing our on special songs.” Kids especially don’t understand the meaning of the title, although it’s front and center in the song that begins the book.

If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would they be?

Start where you are.

Time for the lightning round—no more than four words per answer!

Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?    Both
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep it zipped?    Talk
Sell by proposal or completed draft?    Both
Prefer writing rough drafts or editing?    Much prefer revising
Dread marketing/blogging or love it?    Dread
Read Kindle or traditional books?    Traditional books right now

And finally, what’s your favorite:
Time to work?    Long stretches of days, day after day, but especially morning.
Music to listen to while writing?    None. It’s distracting.
Writing tool?    Laptop.
Pair of shoes?    Barefoot.
Guiltiest pleasure?    Paul Newman’s 70% dark chocolate bars. That’s not too guilty.
Line from a movie?    You’re gonna need a bigger boat.


Awesome, thanks for participating, Deborah, and we can’t wait to see you at the conference!

Happy writing and drawing, everyone!

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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