|Kevin McCloskey is an author / illustrator, and teacher of illustration at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He writes and illustrates his own books. He has an interesting style of writing. When he writes his rough draft he writes a whole lot, then he goes back and picks out the real good parts for the story. In his illustrating, Kevin is a very talented cartoon drawer. Comparing his drawings to Jan Brettís, you will find a major difference. Mr. McCloskey is very talented at his job. He has been writing for about 30 years! Kevin McCloskey is very nice to kids and his advice for them is to stick with non-fiction stories and journalism. He usually writes "How to" books for adults, but has written two books for children. One was published, Mrs. Fitz's Flamingos, and the other he made into a video.|
We were very fortunate for the opportunity to sit down with Mr. McCloskey to ask him some questions about his writing and illustrating. You can see the questions and answers below. Some of the responses have audio clips to go with them. Just click on the link to hear the response!
Q: What are the steps of your writing?
A: a) Daydreaming
b) Writing a rough draft
c) Writing a lot and then coming back to take parts out
d) Send it out (Listen to Response)
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: 30 years
Q: How did you get started writing?
A: I drew for my college newspaper, then I started writing articles.
Q: What was the first book you wrote?
A: Walking around Hoboken. It was a guidebook.
Q: Who do you dedicate your books to, and why did you want to be an author?
A: I dedicate my books to family, my kids, parents, and wife because they are caring; I wanted to be an author for pride. (Listen to the Response)
Q: What are some of the books you have written?
A: I've written five books including Mrs. Fitzís Flamingos, and Young William Penn, which was made into a movie.
Q: How long does the writing process take?
A: Very long!
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Dreams and research.
Q: Do you like your job? Why?
A: Yes, because of thoughts about the keeping writing going.
Q: Where do you do most of your writing?
A: I work in a small room called a studio. I think best when I'm walking around. (Listen to Response)
Q: What was your childhood like?
A: Parents owned hotel on beach, had beach to himself
Q: When you were younger did you write a story?
A: Maybe in High School
Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: Robert Stevenson
Q: How do you come up with names for your characters?
A: Poetry and Rhyming
Q: What books do you like?
A: Writings of William Penn
Q: Do you ever get writers block?
A: No, I just get lazy
Q: Do you have any advice for young authors?
A: Non-fiction is harder to write because lots of people can write something that didnít happened but to write something that did happen is great (Listen to Response)