D. James Smith
His novels for younger readers are Fast Company and his first book about Paolo and friends, The Boys of San Joaquin.
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Everyday be of service to others and yourself.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Captain Ahab in Moby Dick. He is not exactly a villian. More a victim of his obsessions. Though others suffer because of it.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. To play the guitar.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Elephant trainer.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet St. Peter and ask if the apostles told jokes and what would have been an example of one? Surely these young Jewish guys in dire straits had to have used humor. Just as surely the literary sensibility of the day would not have seen it as helpful to getting out a message that was deadly serious.