Staton Rabin

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Staton Rabin has a B.F.A. in film from New York University. In addition to writing for children, she is a screenwriter; a popular speaker about the art, craft, and business of writing for film; and a veteran story analyst for Scr(i)pt magazine, screenwriters, and producers. Staton Rabin lives in Irvington, New York.

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Books by this Author

The Curse of the Romanovs
Betsy and the Emperor
Black Powder

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.” (Prof. Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN).

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That someday they'll close that diner!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. I try to avoid villains in life and in fiction. In fiction, I think villains should have a mix of good and bad qualities, like real people. So in my own books, I like Napoleon and Rasputin.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Without a doubt, my father, a World War II veteran who received the Bronze Star for heroism in combat and will be 90 in a few days-- and also President Obama.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Well, I think that there's a piece of me in every character out of history that I write about. Actually, it's the opposite, since they came first! I certainly don't claim to resemble anyone "great". The people I most admire out of history, though, for their talents and accomplishments, or virtues-- or both-- include: Abraham Lincoln, Fred Astaire, Martin Luther King, Jr., Judy Garland, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others.

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