Meet the Author: Laura Perdew
Have you ever wondered who writes our books? Find out in our Meet the Author blog series!
Nomad authors are the foundation on which our house is built, the soil in which our garden grows, the scaffolding on which we balance to hang our wallpaper, and any other metaphor you can think of that means indispensable.
This week, we are highlighting one of our amazing authors to find out what makes them tick. Do you know kids who want to be writers? Here's a way to show them how it's done.
Introducing Laura Perdew!
Going to ALA Midwinter? You can meet Laura at Nomad Press Booth 1825B! Plus, snag some great show sales and enter to win copies of free books!
Why did you become a writer?
I was a middle school teacher for many years. I had always loved writing, but rediscovered that passion when I modeled the writing process for my students. I started writing a middle grade novel. Then when my twins came along, I left the classroom and eventually pursued writing for the education market so I could work at home.
What is your researching process?
I start by getting introduced to the topic I’ve been assigned. When I do this, I try not to take any notes but instead focus on getting my brain around the subject and just seeing what’s out there. Eventually I start bookmarking web sites that are informative and reliable. I also go to my local library – librarians are the best! They often point me to resources I hadn’t even considered. I will also reach out to experts in the field and ask if they’d be willing to answer some questions. Most people are happy to help.
I become a mini-expert through a lot of research and talking to people. That’s one of the best parts of doing what I do – I learn a lot!
What other topics have you written about?
Everything! Bullying, the history of art, animal rights, the local food movement, internet addiction, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and more. My favorite, though, was How the Toilet Changed History. It was surprisingly interesting to learn about and a fun topic to work on with then 8-year-old twin boys at home. It’s also a funny thing to talk about when I do presentations.
What do you hope children will take away from this book?
I hope they take away what I took away from writing it: humans have had a significant impact on the planet. And as such, we also have a responsibility to do something about it. Scientists do believe we can reduce pollution and slow extinction rates. I hope kids are inspired to make informed choices in their daily lives and maybe even be willing to take action at a community or local level. Every small thing that individuals do can add up to large impacts.
What is your master plan for world salvation?
If I were in charge of the world, kindness and taking care of the earth would be MANDATORY.
What's your secret superpower?
I don't have a superpower that I know of, but if I could have one, it would be teleporting. That way I could go to Tahiti or Patagonia or the Galapagos any time I wanted.
M&Ms or Skittles?
BOTH! But never at the same time!