Interview with Katie McAllaster Weaver

Monday, July 14, 2008.

Katie McAllaster WeaverSome books are so perfect, you’d swear the idea must have just poured out of the author’s head and on to the pages of their notebook. It might have taken an afternoon.

Not so with the picture book Bill in a China Shop.

Author Katie McAllaster Weaver took a seed of an idea, an accidentally misspoken idiom, and laboured over it, on and off, for many years.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Katie McAllaster Weaver about the iterative process of writing and perfecting Bill in a China Shop***, finding support and inspiration in a high school creative writing teacher and her writing group, and always wanting to be a writer.

*** Our review of Bill in a China Shop was recorded 401 episodes ago and is appropriately rough around the edges.

Photo provided by Katie McAllaster Weaver.


Comment by Kelly

July 16, 2008 @ 12:59 am

For someone who says she hates public speaking, Ms. McAllaster-Weaver is eloquent and informative in describing her process. I read Bill in a China Shop to my nephew a few years ago. We both loved it and I bought copies for every child I knew.

Comment by Kristin Howell

July 23, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

I love Bill in a China Shop. Keep dabbling, please. I’d love to read more, picture books, poetry, YA, anything…

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