Name: Carole Estby Dagg
Publisher: Clarion – an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pub date: spring 2011
I had stories to tell.
From childhood: My Father’s Dragon, Tales of Hans Christian Anderson, King of the Wind, Betsy-Tacy, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Little Lame Prince, Princess and Curdie, Ballet Shoes,The Secret Garden, The Saturdays, Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, Anne of Green Gables.
Favorites among children’s book writers who wrote after my own childhood: Lloyd Alexander, Laurie Halse Anderson, M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbit, , Beverly Cleary, Karen Cushman, Karen Hesse, E.L. Konigsburg, Madeline L’Engle, Lois Lowry,, Patircia MacLachlan, Robin McKinley, Katherine Paterson, Philip Pullman, Cynthia Rylant, Jerry Spinelli, Cynthia Voight, E.B. White.
I’m a morning writer and night owl reader.
Chicken salad and nachos.
As a child, I wanted to grow up to be a trapeze artist, ballerina, opera singer, or poet. If all those failed, librarian would be OK .
I also wanted to be adopted by the Melendy family from The Saturdays.
I didn’t learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels until I was 16 years old.
I attended four high schools (one of them twice) in two years.
I have been inside King Tut’s tomb.
I do not own a cell phone.
When writing intensely, I crave Wheat Thins and strong black tea.
My pet peeve is cat hair clogging up the keyboard.
My greatest fears are deep water and making small talk with strangers.
One of my favorite places to write is a converted woodshed on San Juan Island.
I have two brilliant younger sisters who are my best friends, and two children who are my proudest achievement.