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.

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Kathy L.
Kathy L.
6 years ago

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

David LaRochelle
6 years ago

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!

Laura Purdie Salas
6 years ago

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