Here at Argington we’re huge fans of Mem Fox, author of the book Tell Me About Your Day Today. You can check out our book review here. We recently had a brief interview with Ms. Fox and learned more about how and why she writes.
JA: What inspired you to write children’s books?
MF: I had to write a book as an assignment at college. It became Possum Magic, the best selling picture book ever, in Australia.
JA: What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
MF: I find the hardest thing in creating a picture book text is to write a little. It’s so easy to write a lot of words but very difficult to write a few.
JA: Whose opinion do you value most?
MF: In writing, my editor’s opinion matters most. In life, my husband’s opinion matters most.
JA: Did you always know you want to be a writer?
MF: Yes. I wrote my first ‘book’ when I was ten. I got distracted and went to drama school thinking I wanted to be an actress. Madness! I’m so glad my life took a different course. I love being a writer.
JA: What is your favorite book?
MF: Charlotte’s Web.
JA: What’s your favorite dessert?
MF: Fresh fruit. Boring, I know, but I don’t have a sweet tooth.
If you would like to read more of Mem’s amazing books, check out her website!