Do you currently have a full-time job?

Yes. This is not it.

What is your educational background?

I graduated from MIT with a bachelor’s degree in biology, a minor in literature, and a dabbling in music. I have completed graduate-level courses in creative writing, Shakespeare, film studies, poetry, and graphic design. I have also studied photography, letterpress printing, and web design.

Do you think Harry Potter is good or evil?

Good. Even putting aside the many merits of the books themselves, I think it’s fantastic that thousands of children willingly stand in impossibly long lines to get their hands on a book that they’re desperate to read as soon as they can.

What is your favorite children’s book?

I always have a hard time answering this question, because I don’t have ONE favorite. I don’t even have ten or twenty favorites; any list I wrote up would easily number in the hundreds! (When asked face to face, I almost always go blank, and then the person asking me thinks I must not know anything about children’s books after all.) However, since you must be reading this page to find out more about me, here’s a list of titles (in no particular order) that pop into my head at the moment:

The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt, by Patricia MacLachlan
Henry Huggins, by Beverly Cleary
Enter Three Witches, by Kate Gilmore
Son of Interflux, by Gordon Korman
And Both Were Young, by Madeleine L’Engle
The View from Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
Holes, by Louis Sachar
Anastasia Again!, by Lois Lowry
Pigs Might Fly, by Dick King-Smith
The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander
The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White
King of Shadows, by Susan Cooper
The Ordinary Princess, by M.M. Kaye
The Tailor of Gloucester, by Beatrix Potter
The Nutshell Library, by Maurice Sendak