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Introducing 2011 Debut Author Carole Estby Dagg

Name: Carole Estby Dagg
 Book Title: Mica Creek to New York City, One Step at a Time
Publisher: Clarion – an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pub date:  spring 2011

 Synopsis:  Clara Estby and her mother left Mica Creek, Washington on May 5, 1896, beginning their walk to New York City on a bet to save the family’s farm.  On the way, they visited with Mrs. William Jennings Bryan, had tea with President-elect  McKinley and his wife, and  camped out with Indians.  Nearly eight months and thirty-two pairs of shoes later, they arrived in New York, having survived blizzards, floods, attacks by highwaymen, and days without food and water.  The book is based on Estby family lore and the newspaper articles which chronicled their walk.

 What made you decide to be a writer?

I had stories to tell.

 Favorite books and authors?

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. 

 Morning person or night owl?

I’m a morning writer and night owl reader.

 PC or mac?  PC

 What did you have for dinner today?

Chicken salad and nachos.

 Share 11 random things about yourself

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.


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