It’s story time with Gabi! Before I fell in love with the world of reading I was in second grade. YES I READ PERCY JACKSON IN THIRD BLAH BLAH! You know that part 😉 But in my second grade and first grade years I was reading the “My Weird School” series by Dan Gutman.
And I was freaking obsessed with these books. I am dead serious. I read three books in one day type thing. Personally my favorite is Mrs. Cooney is Loony just saying 😉 Well anyways a couple months ago I had a idea pop into my head *lightbulb goes inside head* I WANNA INTERVIEW DAN GUTMAN! I mean he was my favorite childhood author so why not? Soooo yeah…sorry I didn’t have my tea just yet. SO without further adooooo here is DA INTERVIEW!
- How do you keep getting all these ideas for all these weird teachers?
In the beginning it was easy. I just took the grownups that all kids know from their schools. Now that I’ve done 55 of them, I’m kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel!
- Which teacher OR student do you relate to the most in your books?
Mr. Klutz. A big, overgrown kid.
- Which book do you think has been the weirdest one you ever written?
That’s a hard one. Maybe “Mrs. Kormel is not Normal!”
- How do you come up with the idea to write these books in the first place?
I got the idea for the My Weird School series when my daughter Emma was in second grade. She was really enjoying the Junie B. Jones books, and I wanted to try a series for that age group. I thought it would be cool if there was something like Junie B. Jones told by a boy. Most of the books in My Weird School, you may have noticed, are dedicated to Emma. The first title, “Miss Daisy is Crazy,” came from the old song “Tutti Fruiti.” It goes, “Had a gal named Daisy, she almost drove me crazy.”
I have really been having fun getting A.J. and his friends into all kinds of trouble. By the way, when I was your age, there was a girl in my class named Andrea Young, and she was a real smarty pants. I hope she never reads these books!
- Which writers inspire you?
Brian Selznick, Gary Paulsen, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Larry David, and lots more.
- Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
No! I never took any writing classes in school. I was a psychology major in college. It wasn’t until I finished college that I decided to start writing, and I didn’t start writing fiction until I was 40.
- What is the hardest thing about writing?
Juggling many different projects at the same time, and also dealing with family committments–my children and my mother, who is 90.
8. Any writing tips for young writers out there?
Yes! Read my book “My Weird Writing Tips.”
Anyways guys I wanna who were some of YOUR favorite childhood authors! Comment down below who and why you loved them below!