Skinny Dip with Melissa Stewart

Charles­bridge, 2014

What keeps you up at night? 

Nothing. I fall asleep the instant my head touches the pillow, and I’m probably the world’s soundest sleeper.

Describe your all-time favorite pair of pajamas.

When I was in college, I spent a term at the University of Bath in Bath, England, and rented a room at a house nearby. Because heating oil is so expensive in Great Britain, most people keep their homes very cool in winter. My little room at the top of the house was freezing. Luckily, my mom found a pair of adult-size pajamas with feet and sent them to me along with a very warm hat and mittens. I was so grateful.

What’s the first book you remember reading? 

Mr. Mysterious and Company by Sid Fleischman. I’m thrilled that I was able to meet Mr. Fleischman and tell him how much his book meant to me.

What TV show can’t you turn off? 

The Voice.

In what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal? 

I’m not very athletic, but I do like miniature golf. I don’t think that’s an Olympic sport, but it should be.



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David LaRochelle
8 years ago

I loved your answers, Melis­sa! “Mr. Mys­te­ri­ous and Com­pa­ny” was one of my favorite child­hood books as well! It remains vivid in my mem­o­ry over 40 years lat­er. It was an immense hon­or for me to meet Sid Fleis­chman in per­son when I won the SCBWI Sid Fleis­chman humor award. Sid was the def­i­n­i­tion of a true gen­tle­man; kind and gra­cious to every­one. And I’m with you all the way when it comes to play­ing minia­ture golf. That’s always a must when my best friend and I trav­el. If you ever are near Seat­tle, I’ll tell you where to find the most beau­ti­ful minia­ture… Read more »

Heather Vogel Frederick
8 years ago

Mr. Mys­te­ri­ous and Com­pa­ny”! One of my faves, too, Melis­sa! I still have my child­hood copy. It was the inspi­ra­tion for my fam­i­ly’s ver­sion of “Abra­cadabra Day” — I’d wake each of our boys indi­vid­u­al­ly on a pre­de­ter­mined day, and let them skip school so we could do some­thing fun. Need­less to say, it was the high­light of the year…

David LaRochelle
Reply to  Heather Vogel Frederick
8 years ago

What a fab­u­lous idea, Melis­sa! Your own “Abra­cadabra Day!” I thought of that type of day often after read­ing the book. Your kids are very lucky to have such a fun mother!