Happy Birthday, Betsy Byars, born 7 August 1928
- When I type a title page, I hold it and I look at it and I think, I just need four thousand sentences to go with this and I’ll have a book.
- Writing is like anything – baseball playing, piano playing, sewing, hammering nails. The more you work on it, the better you get. But it seems to take a longer time to get better at writing than hammering nails.
- For me, reading books and writing them are tied together. The words of other writers teach me and refresh me and inspire me.
- I think how you look is the most important thing in the world. If you look cute, you are cute; if you look smart, you are smart, and if you don’t look like anything, you aren’t anything.
- I love writing. I’ve pursued it with a passion.
- I decided not to do sequels. I know that children enjoy them, but I valued the feeling that this was the only time I would write about these characters. I felt it gave me an added incentive to do my best by them, to tell readers everything I knew, to hold nothing back.
Betsy Byars is an American author of children’s books. Her novel Summer of the Swans won the Newbery Medal. She also received a National Book Award for The Night Swimmers and an Edgar Award for Wanted … Mud Blossom.
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