Robie H. Harris is an author, specializing in books for children. She was born in Buffalo, New York, and currently lives in Boston
“When did you publish your first book?
I published my first book in June 1946.
Do any of the books you write come from your own childhood?
I’m quite sure a lot in my books comes from my own childhood, but they also come from my adult life and the world I see around me and the daily observations and experiences I have.
While writing, do you take drugs, smoke marijuana or drink alcohol to beef up your creative imagination?
Only a double Scotch; after my writing day is over.
Do you believe in God?
Only when my characters do.
What type of topic you write in your book?
Topics such as: attachment, love, joy, anger, fear, separation, loss, growing up, gender, and healthy sexuality.
How long does it take to complete one of your books?
This is a hard question to answer. I’m a slow writer, and it takes me a long time, sometimes even two or three years from the first time an idea pops into my brain until a book is completed
Do you try to write without expressing your own opinions?
Yes and no. All of my books contain my values. It’s almost impossible, at least for me, to write anything that does not reflect my beliefs. I try not to preach, but rather to tell a story or to give accurate and honest information.
When you begin writing a book, do you know what the ending will be?
When I start, I know what the book will be about, but I rarely know what the ending will be. And I usually have no idea what the progression of my picture books will be until I write the opening pages. It’s one of the great pleasures of writing fiction. Often, where the book goes and the ending surprises me.