WT Melon FAQ/Q&A/OIC: back to author page
A: No, in college I decided to become a teacher and still feel that the greatest job in the world. It was only after teaching for many years and I was filled with ideas for classroom stories did I decide to start writing for children.
A: So far seven of my books have been published, but I've written many more. Which book a publisher chooses to publish is sometimes a mystery. My two favorite unpublished books are ANTA CLASS OF THE SOUTH POLE and NOE School, a book written without an E in it. You can read the first part of these in the Thinking Cap section of this Web site.
Q: Where do you write?... Jonathan
A: This is an interesting question, since in the last few years with a laptop and wi-fi Hotspots easier to find, I can write almost anywhere. Most book editing is done through e-mail, so I often sit in parks or cafes and do much of the writing business and research.
A: Yes, I've written many short stories that have appeared in magazines. This is a fun thing to do between writing books. I'll also enjoy writing light verse and plays. You can download the stage play scripts to THE ELEVATOR FAMILY, PRINCESS STEW, and MATH RASHES from this Web site.
Q: What are some of your interests and activities?... Tia
A: I love to travel and seeing new places. When I was a teacher I took off every summer to some spot around the world. I put many of my travel experiences in the book MVP*:MAGELLAN VOYAGE PROJECT. I also enjoy riting music and songs and have hundreds of them recorded on my computer.
Q: When did you start writing for children?... Alex
A: I was living in London, England and I had the opportuneity to visit Roald Dahl at his house. As a teacher, I had read Roald Dahl's books to my classes and I was a big fan. I was so inspired after that visit that I bought a typewriter the next day and started writing the book ANTA CLAUS OF THE SOUTH POLE. Ironically, years later, Roald Dahl's editor Stephen Roxburgh published my first book CLASSROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL.
Q: What are you working on now?... Leslie
A: Many projects! I want to write a long sequeal to MVP*:MAGELLAN VOYAGE PROJECT along with more plays and poems. I also enjoy tinkering with this Web site, adding to the WT Melon Blog, and making fancy Powerpoint shows that I show at school author presentations. You can read about many of my new project in the Thinking Cap section of this Web site.
Q: Do you have any suggestions on how to become an author?... Micheal
A: My advise to all kids who ask this question is the same advise I gave when I was a teacher. Read! Read! Read! Write! Write! Write! And don't worry about being different!
Q: How do you write? For how long each day?... Tina
A: When I'm home at my house in Berkeley, California, my writing day is very much like a school day. I make sure I'm at my desk at 8:00. At 10:00 I write a few hours and take a recess break to read the newspaper I write a few more hours until 12:00, when I have lunch. During the afternoon I mostly edit what I wrote in the morning. Sometimes I sit in a cafe. But I always make sure I don't do any goofing off until the writing time is over at 2:00. Most nights, like homework, I spend answering e-mail and tinkering with this Web site.