Kimmel knew books were for him Author, Author

September 16, 1998|By Randi Kest

Eric A. Kimmel, author of "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" and "Anansi and the Talking Melon," spent his childhood surrounded by all sorts of literature. Books and stories helped mold his desire to become an author, and especially those tales told by his grandmother.

In kindergarten, when Kimmel's teacher told his class that books are written by people, he was fascinated, and decided that some day he wanted to see his name on the cover of a book.

Kimmel begins by finding a story that captures his emotions and tells it to himself over and over again. When his ideas come together, he quickly writes a first draft. But he continually revises it until the story flows and the words fit together like pieces of a puzzle.

Other than writing, Kimmel spends his time visiting schools and libraries and meeting his fans. He corresponds with many of them, who write from all around the world.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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