It’s been a while since I posted an author Q & A. I talked with Jefff Rivera a while back about his reading/writing experiences as a child. Jeff is an author, blogger, and all around media marvel. He’s one busy guy, but he took the time to share the interview below. Have a look!
1. Did you write when you were a kid? If so, what do you remember writing?
Absolutely. In fact, when I was in the first grade, I used to write little stories about the kids in class and a girl once said, “You better watch out or he’ll write a story about you!” I think I had a little crush on her back then and that’s why I wrote it.
2. How old were you when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
I think as soon as I could put pen to paper. It was natural. I had no idea what being a writer meant but I do remember when I was about in the third grade, hiding in the school library while my friends who were good at sports, played outside and I used to dream of being an author.
3. What children’s book from your childhood stands out the most?
There are so many but in particular, I loved when my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Wetzler read us “Where the Red Fern Grows”. I can still feel that emotion I felt as I looked forward to hearing what was going to happen next and the heartache when the dogs died. I think in some ways that’s what I try to re-create for my readers when they read my books.
4. What genre of children’s book is your favorite to read?
I absolutely love humor books for kids. One of my favorites of all time seriously is “Sweet Farts”.
5. Do you remember the title of the first book you read on your own as a kid?
I remember one of the first was the Amelia Bedelia books. I still love reading those.
6. Did you ever meet an author in person or write to an author when you were a kid?
I used to love Judy Blume too and I think I wrote her a letter but I don’t think I ever heard back. Bummer. I LOVED her books.
7. What children’s book would you like to see made into a movie?
There was a book that was about a stegosaurus that my teacher read us that I always wanted them to make a movie about but I don’t remember what it was called. Also there’s a great book I read, that I think was called The Cheese Stands Alone that was AMAZING.
8. What was your favorite candy growing up?
Johnny Appleseeds all the way, baby!
9. What did you like best and least about school in elementary school?
We used to have school plays that I was always a part of. I never got the lead but the kid that always got the lead ended up being a big star on the Disney Channel and I ended up being an author. My least favorite was gym. I hated it. I had no confidence in my athletic ability and it showed. Now, I love being active.