Q: What does E.J. stand for?
A: My first and middle names, of course.
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: I collect books. Lots of books. I also like drawing, reading, sending postcards, various arts and crafts, memorizing poetry for no reason, and joining secret societies bent on world domination.
Q: What's your favorite book?
A: I've never liked this question. It's so hard to choose. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and The Sorrows Of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe are at the top of the list, but I also love The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, The Cask Of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and Watership Down by Richard Adams. You see what I mean? Hard to choose.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: I grow them in my garden.
Q: Do you have a routine for writing?
A: Not really.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A: Write the stories that you would want to read. Trust me, if you're passionate about what you're writing, it'll show.
Q: Which authors have influenced your work?
A: To name a few...
Q:Which books would you recommend to children?
A: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, The Borrowers by Mary Norton, the works of Lewis Carroll, the Oz Chronicles by L. Frank Baum, The Little Prince by some French guy, and every fairy tale ever written.
Q:And which would you recommend to adults?
A: The same.