Deborah da Costa

For Readers

home
bio
books
order books
photo gallery
presentations
for readers
for writers
favorites
contact us
links
schedule
 

Frequently Asked Questions from Teachers and Kids

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER? 

     
No, in elementary school I wanted to be a detective  or a veterinarian.   In high school I considered working for the United Nations, being an artist or maybe--just maybe--being a writer.  After I graduated from college and became a teacher, I decided I loved that best of all.  I consider writing for kids a form of teaching.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS?

    
I get ideas from things that happened to me, study and research, people I’ve met, organizations I’ve joined, places I’ve visited, newspaper and magazine articles, books, T.V. news, movies,  daydreams, and pets I’ve had over the years. But, I wish I had tape-recorded my grandparents and parents when I had the chance.  They had lots of wonderful stories to tell that I’ve lost forever.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

    
It takes me about four months for the first draft of a picture book and about a year or more for a novel.  However, I don’t write every day, and I revise a lot. I also start out writing in long hand and then transfer to a computer.  I am trying to be more disciplined and efficient.

HOW DO YOU GET PUBLISHED?

    
I carefully research the children’s book market.  I attend lots of conferences and meet editors.  Once I decide upon a publishing company, I send them my manuscript.  If an offer is made, my agent takes over and does the contract.  If an offer is not made, I revise again and send the book elsewhere.

DO YOU MAKE A LOT OF MONEY WRITING?

    
Not a lot, but more than I expected.  Most children’s book authors write for the joy and excitement it brings when their book is published.  However,  money is always nice.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT WRITING CHILDREN’S BOOKS?

    
For me, the best thing is knowing that my books are in libraries, schools and homes all around the world.  I also enjoy meeting lots of other writers.  And, of course, I love visiting schools to discuss my books and the writing process.

WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DID YOU READ WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?

    
I read animal books, romances, mysteries, historical fiction, humorous books and non-fiction.  I also read lots of comic books, particularly classic comics. 

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

    
I read, play with my cats, hang out with my grandchildren, watch old movies, work for animal welfare organizations, daydream, travel, visit with friends,  laugh with my husband, write lots and lots of stuff and take an occasional nap.

book worm

 

 

 

Copyright 2007 by Deborah P. Clayman and DeborahdaCosta.com                                    Website by Technology Concepts, Inc.