Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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Greetings! It’s a pleasure to be part of Open Book Toronto, and to be your WIR for the month of December. I’m looking forward to sharing thoughts and opinions on books and the writing process. One of the first things you need to know is that I collect quotes and sayings. Some of you will find this endearing; others will think it’s awfully “cheesy.” I find something in truisms that makes me pause and think about what I’m doing and why. In other words, they work for me.

Here’s one of my favourites: “We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” I’m not sure who said it; a number of people have taken credit for it. But I have to confess, I’ve got it printed out and pasted on the wall above my computer. Here’s another one that I love: “Agony is the offshoot of creativity.” Doesn't that feel familiar?

But since I am meant to talk about writing in these blogs, you also need to know that I collect quotes about the writing process. And since I write for young readers and I’m always looking for ways to create meaningful stories for the Y. A. audience, here’s a saying that captures what we children’s’ authors strive to accomplish.

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often more) worth reading at the age of fifty.” C.S. Lewis

We children’s authors know that the standards and principals of writing for children are no different from those that apply to writing for adults. We often fight the myth that writing kids’ books is easy and anyone can do it. The wonderful writer, Mem Fox, once said (yes, here’s another quote), “Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.” I love that one!

So I strive never to underestimate my audience and to create the best work that I possibly can. It’s not always possible, but it is something to live by.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer is an award-winning children's author whose focus is historical fiction and true stories about the Holocaust. Her many books include The Secret of Gabi's Dresser, Clara's War, The Underground Reporters, Hiding Edith and The Diary of Laura's Twin.

Go to Kathy Kacer’s Author Page