Judy Blume’s stories have touched generations of girls—and with her real, believable and relatable heroines, it’s easy to understand why. Judy tackles the troubles of growing up with ease and honesty. Read on to find out more about this amazing author!
I dread first drafts! I worry each day that it won't come, that nothing will happen.
I used to be afraid to answer that question. I thought if I ever figured it out I'd never have another one! But now I know that ideas come from everywhere—memories of my own life, incidents in my children's lives, what I see and hear and read—and most of all, from my imagination.
I always start on the day something different happens. In Here's to You, Rachel Robinson, it's the day Rachel's older brother Charles, gets kicked out of boarding school. In Superfudge, it's the day Peter learns there's going to be a new baby in the family.
I was small, skinny, a late developer. At first, very shy and fearful. Then, around fourth grade, much more outgoing. I can't explain the change. I enjoyed drama, dancing, singing, painting and performing. I loved to roller skate (we didn't have roller blades then) and to ride my bike. I also loved going to the movies, and browsing at the public library. I was always reading something.
An impossible question to answer. It’s like asking a mother, which is your favorite child? Each one is special in a different way.
I was twenty-seven when I began to write seriously and after two years of rejections my first book, The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, was accepted for publication.
Yes, especially when the teacher made the subject come alive! English was my favorite subject because I always liked reading and writing. I wasn't that good at science and I gave up on math long before I should have. I like to think if I were in school today that would be different.
Sally, in Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, is my most autobiographical book. I was a lot like Sally. Sheila, in Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great, has most of my childhood fears. And Margaret, in Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, is a lot like me when I was in sixth grade. (Uh-oh–now you know some of my secrets!) But Margaret's family is very different from mine.
I knew you'd ask me about him! Fudge was based on my son, Larry, when he was a toddler. Larry never swallowed a turtle, though. That idea came from a news article about a toddler who actually did swallow one!
Actually, I have two favorite places. In Key West (where it’s always summer) my desk faces a garden. When I slide the doors open I feel like I’m working outside. I can even smell the gardenias. During July and August (I guess you can tell I’m a summer person) we go to Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. I have a tiny writing cabin there, far enough away from the house to feel very private. I get up early in the morning and work until noon.
Not always. It’s a solitary life and it can get lonely. You spend most of the day in a little room by yourself. But since I love to create characters and get to know them, I’m usually content.
Yes. On a TV talk show, I was telling the host about Rachel Robinson’s family and he thought I was talking about a real family. I had to stop and explain that while they feel real to me, I’ve actually made them up.