Author Revealed

About Stephen Savage

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 2/14

Q. Previous occupations

A. designer, print production manager, dishwasher, dock boy, paper boy

Q. Favorite job

A. writing and illustrating children's books!

Q. High school and/or college

A. Marshall-University High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. The Beatles

Q. Favorite movie

A. Jaws

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Office (the original British version)

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. I make art and misplace my things constantly.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "80 percent of success is just showing up" — Woody Allen

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness, for me, is the feeling of living in the moment.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. dying

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. in the Grand Canyon

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Buster Keaton

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. French high wire artist Philippe Petit

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. cool, whoa, sweet (as in "that Corvette is pretty sweet")

Q. What do you regret most?

A. never living abroad

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. the guitar

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. becoming a father

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm impatient

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm playful

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. a bird

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. my thick head of hair

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. George Bailey (from "It's a Wonderful Life")

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Darth Vader

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd ask Margaret Wise Brown about the significance of the bowl full of mush in Goodnight, Moon.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. littering

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. when I'm not illustrating, I like to travel

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. movie director

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. sense of humor, curiosity, compassion

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

A. fruit

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Here Comes the Sun", Beatles, "Look of Love", Burt Bacharach, "Georgie Girl", The Seekers, "Back in Black", ACDC, "Come Fly With Me", Frank Sinatra

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Favorite children's illustrators: Crocket Johnson, Jean Charlot, Ezra Jack Keats.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. My favorite children's books are: The Snow Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, A Child's Good Night Book, text by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Jean Charlot, Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson, Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I enjoy the sing-song of Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Maryin, Jr., pictures by Eric Carle

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. for illustrators: Make as many pictures as you can.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. "Your work looks so simple".