Janice loves visiting schools. Here are some questions that boys and girls often ask:
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
A. Everywhere - from research, newspapers, history, ruins of ancient civilizations, family stories, my own experiences, travel, even from music. Our latest book, I, Vivaldi, came from our love of his music and Venice, where he lived. But an idea is not a story. It is a seed which, if fed and watered, can grow into a story.
Q. How long does it take to write a book?
A. It depends on what kind of book. Researching, writing, and rewriting the text for a picture book might take six months to a year. Researching and writing a novel could take two years or more.
Q. What is your favorite book that you have written?
A. That is like asking a parent which is your favorite child. I love them all. If you ask which of your books is the most well-written, I will say, the one I am working on.
Q. Is it hard to write a book?
A. Yes, anything worthwhile is, by turns, difficult and fun. But the rewards are enormous.
Q. Why do you want to write books?
A. Two reasons:
1) I want to bring the past to life in historical novels. Ruins of past civilizations have always fascinated me. I do research and try to imagine what life was like back then.
2) I have only one life to lead and I want more. By writing I can have many lives.
Q. Are you famous?
A. No, I'm a writer. If that makes me famous, so be it.