Booksylvania: What inspired you to start writing in verse?
Sharon Creech: I’ve always written both verse and prose, ever since I was very young, so both forms feel natural to me. The voice of each book arrives in its own special way: sometimes it is verse, and sometimes prose. The verse novels seem to be best for stories with a tight focus and for those that feel like ‘songs’, with a distinctive rhythm.
B:Which do you prefer, cats or dogs? And why?
SC: I love both cats and dogs, but I’m very allergic to cats so I’m not able to live with any.
B: My mom says that LOVE THAT DOG and HATE THAT CAT are particularly appealing to boys. What kind of letters do you get from boy readers?
SC: The letters from boys are similar to those from girls, although perhaps boys more often comment on loving the funny bits in the books. Boys tend not to like the kissing/smoochie bits.
B: Who inspired you to write LOVE THAT DOG?
B: What are you working on now? Will you write more books in verse?
SC: I’ve recently finished a novel, THE BOY ON THE PORCH, that will be published in September. I’d love to write another book in verse — maybe that will be next.
B: Yay! We can’t wait, either way. Thanks so much for answering my questions.
Sharon’s other books include THE GREAT UNEXPECTED, HEARTBEAT and Newbery Winner WALK TWO MOONS.