Q: Where did you get the idea for CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS?
A: The editor of Scholastic’s Lucky Book Club for 2nd and 3rd graders read my book WHY IT’S A HOLIDAY. She liked the chapter about Columbus Day and she asked me to write a biography of Christopher Columbus. I did a lot of research to find little-known facts about him. Columbus kept a diary in Spanish, which I had translated into English. The book was Lucky Book Club’s first original paperback book. I was honored to write it.