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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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