About Avi (cont'd)
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Q:   Were you a good student?  
Avi
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A:   Not very. In elementary school I did well in science, but I was a poor writer. When I got to high school I failed all my courses. Then my folks put me in a small school which emphasized reading and writing. Even beyond that I needed special tutoring.  
Q:   Then why did you even want to become a writer?  
       
A:   Since writing was important to my family, friends, and school, it was important to me. I wanted to prove that I could write. But it took years before I had a book published.  
       
Q:   When do you become a writer?
     
A:   I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and start thinking about readers. I made up my mind to do that when I was a high school senior.
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