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Dedication, Perseverance, and the Craft of Writing: An Interview with Clare Meeker

Clare Meeker is a passionate researcher with a love for telling stories to children. She is the perfect local candidate to be the special guest at The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators meeting this last Sunday of September for their nonfiction craft talk.

I realized that throughout my various interviews with authors, I have never interviewed a children’s writer! With Clare Meeker’s upcoming appearance at our store, I thought this a great opportunity to check this off my Blog Bucket List. What’s most interesting about Clare is that she is also a researcher, not to mention a longtime friend of the store. The stories that she tells take a great amount of work and knowledge that has to be distilled and translated to an elementary school-aged kid. Most of her books focus on Pacific Northwest Animals, and her newest release, Growing Up Gorilla is about a gorilla family from the Woodland Park Zoo. I thought I would ask her how she decided to bring these two ideas together… continued.