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Friday Interview: Author and Artist Jennifer Trafton

When questioned about my favorite authors, I have a long list. I also pretty much just say Kate DiCamillo and Jennifer Trafton. Upon my request for an interview, the latter said yes, and it became the happiest day of my life. I am thrilled to share my conversation with Jennifer Trafton, the author of The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic and Henry and the Chalk Dragon, as well as (I have to mention it) the wife of one of my other favorite authors.


Author and Artist Interview: Jennifer Trafton 
In your piece “The Art of Play,” you wrote that when you sit down to write, you are a child in your bedroom imagining with your toys. For years, I suppressed my own imagination, and everything I wrote was horrible. No one would accept it. Then I read your article. That day, I set myself free and wrote what the child version of myself wanted. It is now a published novel. Do you approach every creative venture in that way? 



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Rednecks Saying "Ma'am": A conversation with Keturah

Rednecks Saying "Ma'am": A Conversation with Keturah   I became aware of Keturah Lamb's existence, ironically, through her blog The Girl Who Doesn't Exist, a headline weird enough to get my attention. That sent me down the rabbit hole of her regular blog, where I have proudly read every single post. Her life was so different from mine it fascinated me. We became Facebook friends and Keturah graciously answered every single thing I ever wanted to know, until I got an idea...why not interview each other at the same time? And focus on the different ways we were raised and how that affected our lives?   Keturah kicked off our conversation with her question, “What is your first childhood memory THAT has impacted your life to this very day?” What followed was one of the most enjoyable 90-minute conversations I ever took part in. M: So sorry about the wait. I thought I could feasibly walk a dog and do an interview but no. K: I'm not surprised. M: Let me grab some wate…