Why start this now? How about "Because it's Tuesday." It'll be fun!
This inaugural KLQOTW is by an author I admire for his versatility and inspirational personal story. I saw him speak at either an IRA or NCTE conference in the 1990s (ah, the books* he signed for me say the year was 1997), and his advice on finding success as a children's writer is timeless:
"Stay out of the refrigerator, read good books, steal good ideas, develop good writing habits, and marry wealthy."
Good one, huh. And in a Universe-is-funny COMPLETE coincidence, I saw after I wrote this post that Mr. Gantos's latest book, Dead End in Norvelt, releases in hardcover today.** I will be buying that soon!
*Jack's New Power and Desire Lines
**A little synchronicity report for Artist's Way lovers.