Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park

(photo by Sonya Sones)

Knots in My Yo-Yo String

I’m not a big fan of “how-to” books about writing. I’m skeptical about titles like Ten Easy Steps to Believable Characters; for me, there are a lot more than ten steps and none of them are easy!

However, I love “authorship” books—not “how to do it” but “how I did it.” I enjoy these books for two reasons—because they reinforce my belief that there are as many ways to write a good book as there are writers, and for the sheer pleasure of reading the thoughts of good writers on the subject dearest to them.

  • diamonds-bullet3 Dreams and Wishes, by Susan Cooper
  • diamonds-bullet3 The Abracadabra Kid, by Sid Fleischman
  • diamonds-bullet3 Blood on the Forehead, by David Almond
  • diamonds-bullet3 Talk Talk, by E.L. Konigsberg
  • diamonds-bullet3 Looking Back: a Book of Memories, by Lois Lowry
  • diamonds-bullet3 Gates of Excellence, by Katherine Paterson
  • diamonds-bullet3 The Spying Heart, by Katherine Paterson
  • diamonds-bullet3 Bill Peet: an Autobiography, by Bill Peet
  • diamonds-bullet3 Knots in My Yo-Yo String, by Jerry Spinelli
  • diamonds-bullet3 Worlds of Childhood, ed. by Maurice Sendak (various authors)
  • diamonds-bullet3 Behind the Covers, Jim Roginski (interviews with various authors)