Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman

Newbery award-winning children’s book author

Karen Cushman
Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman

South Mission Beach seemed a peaceful and comforting sort of place, so its juxtaposition with the coming war was intriguing.

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Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis

I spent a lot of time in the Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan and in Russia, meeting with people and learning about what they had been through.

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Ann E. Burg

Ann E. Burg

In my most recent book Flooded, Requiem for Johnstown, the industrial town of Johnstown PA sets the entire story in motion. If there had been no Johnstown PA in 1889, there would have been no story.

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Avi

Avi

The truth is, I’m not particularly good at inventing places. But I love to fill real places with people that come out of my own imaginings.

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Padma Venkatraman

Padma Venkatraman

I read detailed accounts of prison life, interviewed people who worked in prison systems, watched documentaries and fictional films, visited a prison …

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Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson

The setting grew out of an event that captured my imagination, which was my great-grandmother homesteading by herself in eastern Montana shortly before WWI.

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Angela Ahn

Angela Ahn

Because the first nugget of Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field was based on a real road trip that my family had done, the setting (starting in Vancouver and then traveling to Drumheller, Alberta) and the plot are tightly woven together.

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Bill Harley

Bill Harley

In so many ways, the setting in Long Walk is the story. As a young boy, Salva had to escape from a war and walk for months through hostile lands to reach safety.

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Linda Sue Park

In so many ways, the setting in Long Walk is the story. As a young boy, Salva had to escape from a war and walk for months through hostile lands to reach safety.

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Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

When I decide to write a story, the characters probably emerge first, then the location in which the characters reside, then the story, which is, of course, influenced by a strong sense of place.

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