How do you deal with writer’s block? I find other projects to do. I believe that creative writing is such a powerful urge that nothing can truly block it. It will find an outlet, a way out. Just give yourself opportunities to be creative and the block will visit, but then it will go away.
What are you currently working on? I am finishing up a couple of new picture books and I am also finishing up a novel. I love this part of the process when a book is receiving its final details, being "fancy up" before it is sent out to the readers. It’s like when you give a friend a wrapped-up gift and stand by jittery waiting to see what they think.
How do you get inspired to write? Writing is a form of therapy for me. I am always writing, whether on paper or on my head. I write about things throughout the day. I carry post notes and notebooks with me and on me (my pockets!) and when I can't find paper, I write on the back of receipts or on grocery bags. I once woke up in the middle of the night with a thought and reached for the notebook that I keep on the night table. It was not there so I wrote my thought right on the pillowcase!
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book? I have been writing small personal narratives, poems, and thoughts for a long time, but didn't know the best way to share it with readers. It took a trip to the Amazon rain forest for the light bulb to go on. It was there that I came upon a memoir written by a famous Peruvian comedian. It was such a beautiful book. I came home at the end of that trip to give birth to Poquito Unpacking the Memory Jar.