word craft


Summer Blog Series: Mark Siegel

From Avi: As I did last sum­mer, I’ve invit­ed 13 admired mid­dle grade authors to write for my blog for the next three months. I hope you’ll tune in each Tues­day to see who has answered these three ques­tions. You should have a list of ter­rif­ic books to read and share and read aloud by the end of the sum­mer … along with new authors to follow!

Your favorite book on writing:

My cur­rent favorite book on writ­ing is Land of the Dead: Lessons from the Under­world on Sto­ry­telling and Liv­ing by Bri­an McDon­ald and Toby Cypress.

Reading aloud from my books:

A book of mine that ben­e­fits most from read­ing out loud is called Mov­ing House. My now-teenaged chil­dren still say one of the lines from it when­ev­er they come home: “Hel­lo home! We’re home, home!”

Where do you write most often?

Here’s where I write in the ear­ly morn­ings. Cur­rent­ly a prose project which I’m draft­ing in long-hand. I heard Neil Gaiman does that, and decid­ed to try it. It’s mar­velous work­ing away from a screen, for one thing.

Here’s where I’m draw­ing these days. Cur­rent project on the Cin­tiq, which I real­ly enjoy work­ing on, even though I miss my lit­tle water­col­or field kit.


Mark Siegel

For more on my book projects, vis­it marksiegelbooks.com.

We invite you to read this won­der­ful graph­ic nov­el, illus­trat­ed by Mark Siegel, and writ­ten by Siena Cher­son Siegel, Mark’s spouse. “Beau­ti­ful descrip­tions of dif­fer­ent dancers and per­for­mances offer an inside look at the nuances of bal­let and work in tan­dem with the strik­ing black lined and pur­ple shad­ed illus­tra­tions that cap­ture the move­ment of the dancers … A notable addi­tion to graph­ic nov­el col­lec­tions …” (SLJ)

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