Elvira Woodruff is the author of many popular books for children. She has been writing for fifteen years. She writes both picture books and novels for middle grade readers. Some of the books she has written include:
Short for the Fourth Grade
Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail,
Donít Get Goose Bumps
Magnificent Mummy Maker
Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time-Travel Adventure, and
Summer I Shrank My Grandmother.
We were very fortunate for the opportunity to communicate with Mrs. Woodruff to ask her some questions about her writing. You can see the questions and her answers below.
Q: What are the steps of getting your books published?
A: 1. Write a great story that an editor can't resist. 2. Send it to her. 3. Don't expect the first editor you send it to to like it or buy it. 4. Don't expect the second, third, or fourth editor you send it to, to rush it into print. 5. Don't give up. 6. Pay attention to every rejection and take note if someone gives you some
good critical advice. 7. Keep your day job until the book is on the shelf of your local library.
Q: What was the first book you wrote?
A: Awfully Short For the Fourth Grade
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Fifteen years
Q: How long does the writing process take?
A: That depends on what kind of story you write. A picture book could take a
weekend, while a novel could take months and an historical novel even longer with all
the research involved.
Q: Where do you get the ideas for your stories (character names, plot, etc.) A: Ideas come from everywhere. All a writer need do is take a breath, listen,
Q: Where do you do most of your writing?
A: I do most of my writing in my study.
Q: Why did you want to be an author?
A: I want to be an author because it is something I'm good at and it gives me the
excuse to do research...I love to research historical pieces.
Q: Who is your favorite author now?
A: One of my favorite authors is Charles Dickens. I also admire James Barrie (who
breathed life into Peter Pan) I just read a great book of essays by Thomas Lynch
who is a poet and undertaker living in Michigan. He has great wit, humor, and
compassion- things I look for in a writer.
Q: Who was your favorite author as a child?
A: As a kid I loved E.B. White and still do.
Q: Do you ever get writer's block? How do you solve that problem?
A: When I get writer's block I read. It usually jumpstarts me and makes me want to
Q: Do you have any advice for young authors?
A: Read. The more you read, the better you write.
Good luck, kids, and May The Muse Be With You..........best, Elvira