Q: What gave you the idea for NICHOLAS BENTLEY STONINGPOT III?
A: I met the artist, Tomie de Paola at a writing conference, where we were both featured speakers. A strange combination of the shoes Tomie wore — two different colors and my recent visit to a tropical island gave me the idea. Sometimes an idea hits you – -bang! It suddenly made me think of a story about a little rich boy who sails with his parents on a big, fancy ship. Nicky wants adventures but is bored until a storm casts him adrift. He lands on a tropical island where he has all the adventures he dreamed about — and more! Tomie de Paola offered to do the artwork! Tomie and I have been friends ever since.