I love my job. I work hard at it and have been very fortunate. As someone has enjoyed some success in my profession, as someone who has been nurtured in this work by a supportive community, and as someone who has benefited from a lot of privilege along the way, I strive to be an advocate for others — for other authors who may not have the odds stacked in their favor as I have had.
And I strive to be an advocate for the endlessly diverse array of young people whose futures might be shaped more by the books that these other authors create than by my own.
And I strive to be an advocate for these young people who themselves have stories to tell, and who have the potential to themselves shape the lives of those who come after them.
Today, I have more books on the way and lots of ideas for other stories I’d like to tell. When I’m not writing, reading, researching, or revising or talking about all of that with audiences of all ages, I love to cook, listen to music and podcasts, gather with friends, and find out where my thoughts will take me while I go for long walks and runs.
I still live in Austin — now with my wife, author Jennifer Ziegler. We have a dog named Ernie, occasionally catch glimpses of our four young-adult children, and regularly co-host our “This One’s Dedicated to…” video series in which we talk with other authors and illustrators about the dedication pages in their books.