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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Skinny Dip with Cathy Camper

Cathy Camper

Are you fans of the Lowriders graphic novels? We are! And we can’t wait for the next one. The author who thinks up those great stories is Cathy Camper. We invited her to Skinny Dip with the Bookologist … and she said yes! When we asked her pointed questions, here’s what she had to say.

Favorite breakfast or lunch as a kid?

Eating cake for breakfast just like Two Bits in The Outsiders.

What’s your least favorite chore?

Making my stupid lunch. I work full-time and it’s never-ending! I make my lunch, go to bed, go to work, eat my lunch, go home, and have to make my stupid lunch all over again.

When are you your most creative?

When I have a little bit of something with caffeine, preferably dark chocolate, maybe a small gulp of coffee, then go for a run or walk, or some mindless activity that allows me to daydream. When the ideas start to come, I write them down immediately.

Raul III, Jon Scieszka

Raul III, winner of the 2017 Pura Belpre award for illustration, with Jon Scieszka and Cathy Camper at the Chronicle Books booth at ALA in Chicago, 2017

Best invention in the last 200 years?

Indoor plumbing and clean water, in particular, hot water WHENEVER you want a bath or shower, and clean water whenever you want a drink. I give great thanks for being born in a time and society where we have that luxury.

What’s your best contribution to taking care of the environment?

I never had kids. One less human.

3 Responses to Skinny Dip with Cathy Camper

  1. Kathy L. July 21, 2017 at 3:43 am #

    Great interview!! I love the lowriders books! Cathy’s seed art is pretty awesome too!

  2. David LaRochelle July 24, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    I second what Kathy L. said about Cathy’s seed art…I always make a point of looking for it at the Minnesota State Fair!

  3. Laura Purdie Salas September 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    Noticed your seed art at the State Fair a couple of weeks ago, Cathy–awesome!

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