Ann Redisch Stampler

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Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Rick.

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Books by this Author

How to Disappear
Afterparty
Where It Began

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If not now, when?

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A.

Well, of course, swords hammered into ploughshares and Total World Domination by people who think peace would be a pleasant change. But on a more personal level, good relationships, good books, good food, good music, writing going well, kids catapulting toward what they love, good health, movies with popcorn, a walk in the hills with my husband, a drive up the coast, a rainy day followed by brilliant sun only the sand is still wet and the ocean is grey. Daydreaming.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I have so many of these that my propensity for pet peeves might qualify as one of my greatest flaws: bad drivers, people who cut in line or who save places for their 20 closest friends, people who are rude to waiters, people who are just rude, people who unwrap candies during concerts...lots of candies...endless candies, people who aren't nice to their dogs (While I was rewriting, during weeks of torrential rain, there was a gorgeous, sad golden retriever abandoned on the hill behind my house. We couldn't lure her into our house, but our neighbors finally caught her and rescued her and love her madly. But I actually wanted to hunt down her former owners and drop them off somewhere in the rainy wilderness.), people who park in two parking spaces, and all forms of snootiness.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Warning: very old school songs ahead – Grapefruit Moon, Someone to Watch Over Me, Here Comes The Sun, Love is Just a Four Letter Word, and (just because I danced to it played on steel drums one starry night on the Equator) Whiter Shade of Pale.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate soufflé, but only if the whipped cream counts as part of the one thing. If not, a toss up between warm chocolate cake and ripe mangoes.

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