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2015 Conference Faculty: Jessica Lee Anderson

Meet the faculty of the 2015 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We've asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.

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Jessica Lee Anderson

Next in the series is Jessica Lee Anderson.

Jessica Lee Anderson is the author of Trudy (winner of the 2005 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature), Border Crossing (Quick Picks Nomination), as well as Calli (2013 Rainbow List Nomination). She’s published several educational books as well as fiction and nonfiction for a variety of magazines including Highlights for Children. Jessica graduated from Hollins University with a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, and she instructed at the Institute of Children's Literature for five years before teaching at St. Edward's University. She is a member of The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels and hopes to be more sweetheart than scoundrel. She lives in Pflugerville, Texas with her husband, daughter, and two crazy dogs.

What attracted you to children’s books?

Children’s books have always been my favorite to read—they are especially creative, succinctly written, and full of energy/voice.

What’s the best part of your job?

The joy of creating stories and connecting with young readers!

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The sometimes extremely long response times…

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

This sounds so trite, but I’ve clung to the many pieces of advice about not giving up. Talent is important in this field and so is tenacity.

Come see Jessica at the 2015 Austin SCBWI conference, March 7-8