Having a hard time getting your students excited about writing? Get them motivated to write by talking about a real-life writer. Here’s an author spotlight to help you get started—an interview with Lisa Salazar, one of our favorite authors here at Imagine Learning.
Start by reading the interview out loud with your class. Then get your students talking about how they would answer some of the questions–like what they like about writing and what they would tell other writers. You can even use the questions to help students create their very own About the Author pages for their writing projects. Happy writing!
About the author: Lisa Salazar grew up in Houston, Texas, where she learned how to square dance and how to dress real snappy. Now she writes stories about education and writing, and tweets with teachers and students. Here's our interview with Lisa Salazar:
How did you start writing? I owe it all to The Stinky Cheese Man. I remember falling out of my chair laughing when my teacher first read that book to our class. A friend and I decided to make our own book of silly stories in the same style—once we started writing, we couldn’t stop laughing. It was so much fun that I decided I’d better give this writing thing a try.
What’s your favorite thing about writing? When you write, you can be whoever you want. You can be wacky, scared, happy, sad, even scary. You can be a circus performer, a detective, a sea creature, a royal heir—anything you want. When you write, you are in control, and there’s no limit to what you can create.
What was the first thing you ever wrote about? In first grade, I made up a story to explain where giraffes came from and why they have such long necks. (If you’re wondering, lots and lots of balloons were involved . . .)
What’s your favorite book you’ve written and why? I love The Case of Missing Manny—it’s full of mystery and suspicion, silly characters, and great illustrations. Plus, it’s a play, so you can act it out!
Aside from writing, what do you like to do? I love to cook (and especially eat) good food, read good books, and make up songs using the words on billboards I see while I’m driving in the car.
What’s your favorite genre of writing and why? Children’s books! These books taught me how to read and that I love to read. They’re so full of honesty and creativity that I can’t get enough.
What would you tell kids who want to be writers? It’s never too early to start. Pull out a pen or get on the computer and start writing today! That’s what writers do.