My Books

One of the great things about writing books for a living is I don't have to stay in one place to work. That's good, because I love to travel! Well, that's not exactly true. I don't like the actual traveling part so much as the being in a new place part. Sometimes I can use what I see and do during my travels in my books. I wrote five books in a series about children from other countries who come to the United States and join a typical American third grade class.


    
    
         

These books were a lot of fun to write because I learned a lot about different places all over the world.

 

Sometimes I don't know a lot about a topic when I start working on a nonfiction book, especially books about sports.

 
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FAQs    

Questions people often ask me.


Where do you get your ideas from?

This is the question I'm asked most often, and it's still one of the hardest to answer honestly and fully. Sometimes I get ideas from books I have read, a movie or TV show, something in the news, or events from my own life. Sometimes I get an idea for a book after meeting someone with an unusual job or life experience that I think kids would find interesting. Sometimes I get ideas from my own life, especially when I am traveling and seeing so many new places (and people and animals) for the first time.

Many of my nonfiction books are part of a series on a particular theme. I recently wrote seven books for a series on different kinds of landmarks around the world. The publisher gave me the titles: Castles, Palaces, Lost Cities, Pyramids, Monuments, National Parks, and Dams. My job was to come up with ten amazing examples for each title and write what was most interesting about each one. So, the subjects for the books weren't my ideas at all.

 
Do you do the illustrations?

No, I am a writer, not an artist. There are some talented people who are both writers and artists, but I am not one of them.

 
Did you take all the photos in your books?

Most of the nonfiction books I write have photos as well as maps and diagrams. Sometimes, photographs from my travels end up in my books, but most of the photos are from other sources.

What was the first book you ever wrote?

My first book was a fiction adventure story called Forgotten Treasure.  It's about a boy looking for buried treasure.  It was published in 1995 by Steck Vaughn Company.
 

Did you write Red Sails to Capri?
No. After I had already published quite a few books, I discovered that there was another author named Ann Weil. Click here to see some other books she has written.


 

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