Meet Dee Romito, author and former elementary teacher. Her books include The BFF Bucket List and future releases No Place Like Home; Best. Night. Ever; and The Italy List (Aladdin/S&S).
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
I remember having to answer this question in high school and I’m not surprised my first reaction is still the same answer. I find Abraham Lincoln to be one of the most interesting and honorable people in our history and would love to have a conversation with him. Of course, it would be really, really hard to keep myself from warning him of upcoming events and changing the course of history, so maybe I should go with George Clooney? 😉
What advice would you give your younger self?
Keep traveling. You’ll absolutely love having a family when the time comes, but you’ll also have adult responsibilities and won’t be able to jet off to Europe like you used to!
What is your favorite resource for writers?
Scrivener. (Which explains why I’m teaching a session on it!) It keeps me organized, saves me time, and has so many helpful features for writers.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
Can I pick two? Being part of the writing community is amazing. I’ve made such good friends on this journey and I love that we get to do this together and share each other’s successes. But I also have to say that getting to interact with kids and readers—and knowing that I’m making a positive impact on their lives—is what makes this whole thing even more incredible.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
To value your writing time. It’s hard to balance everything in life, but pursuing your passion and doing something you love is important.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Getting a solid grasp on everything that goes along with the writing portion of publishing. Getting bookmarks printed, booking school visits, keeping the website updated . . . There’s so much more to being an author than just the writing and it’s a challenge to keep it all moving forward.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
I co-founded a local writer/illustrator group in Buffalo that we affectionately call BNCWI (Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers and Illustrators). It has grown so much over the three years since YA author Kate Karyus Quinn and I started it and is now an amazing community of wonderful, creative people who encourage, inspire, and challenge each other. I take pride in being a mentor and sharing what I’ve learned along the way.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DeeRomito.author
Twitter username: @writeforapples
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