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Jeanne reading with her little sister
Jeanne DuPrau has always loved reading. Here she is reading with her little sister.
I never hesitated, if I happened to finish a particularly wonderful book, to turn around and read it again, right there.— Eudora Welty
Jeanne at her desk
Jeanne spends several hours of every day at her computer, thinking up sentences. She has this quote taped to her wall:
A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people.— Thomas Mann
This gives her courage, because she finds writing very hard. So many words to choose from! So many different things that could happen in a story at any moment! Writing is one tough decision after another.
But it's also the most satisfying thing she knows how to do. So she keeps doing it. So far, she has written five novels, six books of non-fiction, and quite a few essays and stories.
Jeanne in her garden
Jeanne DuPrau doesn't write every minute of every day. She also putters around in her garden. She lives in California, where it's easy to grow everything from apples to zinnias.
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.— Emma Goldman
Jeanne feels the same way.
Jockey in the garden
Jeanne’s constant companion is a dog named Jockey. He’s a Norfolk terrier. These are his favorite things to do: chase squirrels, dig holes in the garden, and eat. He is good at all of them. He says he’s not interested in reading, but you never know.
I have just captured a snail. I will put it here for you, on the rug.— Jockey
She still loves reading. She hopes you do, too.
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.— Kathleen Norris