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FIVE ON FRIDAY with Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Today’s FIVE ON FRIDAY guest is award winning Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, poet and author of numerous books including the recently released The Floating Circus. You can visit Tracie at her website.

When did you know that you first wanted to be a writer/illustrator?

5th grade, I think. Mrs. Sternberg really inspired me to write.

What book or writer/artist do you feel influenced you the most?

Cynthia Rylant. The dialogue and characters in her books sound like my own family and friends here in Southwestern Ohio.

What book or books are you currently reading or have recently read that you’d recommend to others?

Walls of Cartagena by Julia Durango

If you could offer one piece of advice to aspiring writers (or illustrators), what would it be?

Read like a chef eats. Try to figure out what in the recipe of that book works.

Can you share with us your next project or any information about the next book you’re working on?

Steady Hands: Poems about Work will be released from Clarion in February! It’s a collection of poems about people doing their jobs. The illustrations are AMAZING, and even though I’m completely biased it is also completely true. I’m chasing after a new historical fiction idea but it is much too tender a stage to talk about…

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