Published

Autobiography, 2014

When Nicholas, Jane, and Ann were little, I started trying to get my children's stories published, but all of them were rejected. I have a thick folder of rejection letters.

Many times I decided not to write anymore, or to stop submitting stories to publishers, but I always went back to it, mostly because I love writing the stories. I was always encouraged by my family to keep trying. Occasionally editors asked for revisions of stories. Often they wrote that my writing was too subtle for a young audience, and they encouraged me to write for older children. This idea intimidated me. I didn't think I could ever write a novel.

One day in 1999, I was fixing a snack for the kids after school when the telephone rang. It was an editor from Lee and Low Publishers, offering to publish GRANDFATHER COUNTS. After this first book, I still get lots of rejection letters, but it is easier to take the criticism now that I have had some success. I have published over twenty books in the past fifteen years.  I feel so fortunate that children are able to read and enjoy my stories.

About

School and Family

Autobiography, 2014

My parents were originally from Hungary, but they lived in Australia before I was born. Then, in 1954, they immigrated to the US. My brother, sister and I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About

Published

Autobiography, 2014

When Nicholas, Jane, and Ann were little, I started trying to get my children's stories published, but all of them were rejected. I have a thick folder of rejection letters.

About

FAQs

  1. What is your purpose in writing your stories? I don't really have a purpose in mind when I write. I usually start with an image rather than an idea or a purpose. For some reason, a certain image is stuck in my mind. I describe it, and the scene around it, and the characters involved, and that becomes a story.