Coffee and Conversation with Lois Sepahban

Hello, writers and illustrators. Nine more days until the Team SCBWI conference! I am getting pumped up… are you excited?



Today in the Cyber Cafe we have the pleasure of chatting with Lois Sepahban, one of the Sweet Sixteen Debut Novelists, who will give a presentation at the upcoming conference titled “Fiction Doesn’t Mean Fake.”



She is the author of the historical novel Paper Wishes, which was published by FSG in January. Lois has also written several non-fiction books for children, including science, history, and biography. She lives on a small farm in Kentucky with her husband and two children and a barn she fills with animals who need homes.

fiction_Paperwishes  biography_JaneGoodall

Welcome, Lois!

First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?
Cappuccino. At home, though, I drink tea all day long.


And your favorite snack?
Guacamole and tortilla chips.

What was your favorite book as a child?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Each Little Bird that Sings




And now, what’s your favorite book as an adult?      I have a lot of favorite books; my favorite-favorite book is Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles.




$100billYou magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous!)
Music downloads.



You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read!  Your glasses are fine (whew!) so what’s the first book you crack open?  
The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende. I’m so excited to read it, but I’ve been busily reading ARCs of 2016 debut authors.


If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?  
I would be teaching–which is exactly what I do now. 🙂

For one day, time travel is a reality and you can visit any famous deceased author you want.  Who do you pick?
Elizabeth Gaskell.


What’s your favorite motivational quote?
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Confucius

If you could sum up your best marketing advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?
Join a debut group.

We look forward to meeting you soon, Lois.
Thanks so much, Susan! I can’t wait to meet you and everyone else in March!


About susandilldetwiler

Freelance illustrator living in Baltimore
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3 Responses to Coffee and Conversation with Lois Sepahban

  1. mariagianferrari says:

    LOVE Paper Wishes & Lois! So looking forward to her talk, and to attending this conference! 🙂

  2. Sheri Dillard says:

    Wonderful interview! I’m looking forward to the conference! See you all soon! 🙂

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