Avi was once a poor writer

Author, Author

January 05, 2000

Children's author Avi talks about himself and his books on his Web site: www.avi-writer.com. Let's listen in on a conversation with the author of "Finding Providence," "Midnight Magic" and "Abigail Takes the Wheel."

When were you born?

1937, in the city of New York. I was raised in Brooklyn.

Where did you get that name?

My twin sister gave it to me when we were both about a year old. And it stuck.

What were you like as a kid?

Shy, not into sports, but someone who loved to read and play games of imagination.

Were you a good student?

Not very. In elementary school I did well in science, but I was a poor writer. When I got to high school I failed all my courses. Then my folks put me in a small school which emphasized reading and writing. Even beyond that I needed special tutoring.

Then why did you even want to become a writer?

Since writing was important to my family, friends and school, it was important to me. I wanted to prove that I could write. But it took years before I had a book published.

Do you have any advice for people who want to write?

I believe reading is the key to writing. The more you read, the better your writing can be.

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