Karen Krossing writes novels and short stories for children and teens. Her latest novel, The Yoyo Prophet, will be published in the fall of 2011 with Orca Books. Karen is the current president of CANSCAIP. She volunteers at Red Door Family Shelter and lives in Toronto with her family.
Best time/place to write
I get my best ideas when I’m falling asleep. I repeat them in my head a few times and then write them down once I get to my desk.
Author you wish you had for a high school English teacher
E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web and other books. He could write a mean sentence and explain why it worked so well.
Your thoughts on flossing
The need for flossing should be banned from my world.
Favourite background noise for writing
Absolute silence. Except for birds twittering outside, or the sound of rain and wind.
Bad grammar pet peeve
Life’s too short to get peeved about grammar.
Biggest obstacle to getting the work of writing done
The need for sleep. If I didn’t sleep, I’d have eight more hours each day to write!
Favourite writing tool
I love talking about a writing idea with someone who will listen, nod and inspire.
Do you believe in aliens?
Yup. Life has evolved on Earth. Why not elsewhere?
Literary character you’d like to invite for dinner?
The protagonist from my current work-in-progress so that I could fully explore what he thinks and feels.
Alternate time, place or universe you’d like to visit
The world of my current work-in-progress – to smell, touch, hear and see details that I could then write about.
Current writing project you dare to mention
Eeep! I can’t talk about it yet. It’s too fragile.