Linda Ashman's more than two dozen picture books have earned numerous honors and starred reviews, and have been included on the "Best of the Year" lists of The New York Times
, and Cookie
magazines, Bank Street College of Education, the New York Public Library, and more. As a children's poet, she's been compared to Ogden Nash, Mary Ann Hoberman, Douglas Florian, and Jack Prelutsky. She's taught a variety of workshops on writing for children, and is the author of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books
, a "how to" handbook for picture book writers.
Linda was born in Schenectady, New York, the youngest of four children (two sisters and one brother), and grew up mostly in Flemington, New Jersey. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, and worked for eight years as a real estate market analyst in New York City and Los Angeles before returning to school to get a Master's Degree in Urban Planning at UCLA. She then worked for social and environmental organizations before deciding to write children's books.
In 2012, Linda moved from Denver to Chapel Hill, NC with her husband Jack Hicks, their son Jackson, and their two dogs, Sammy and Stella. When not writing, she is often found digging in the dirt or picking up dog hair.
"The Challenge of No Words Wasted." Interview with children's lit ambassador and super blogger Julie Danielson at Kirkus Reviews
"Finish my sentence" interview about PEACE, BABY! and RAIN! with John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) at Watch. Connect. Read.
Interview for NO DOGS ALLOWED with Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup
"How I Got My Agent" joint interview with my wonderful agent, Jennifer Mattson, on Julie Hedlund's blog
"Creative Spaces" interview with writer Jenn Bertmann
, a great spot to peek at writers' and illustrators' work spaces (August 2011), including NO DOGS ALLOWED illustrator Kristin Sorra's.
Interview at J. Aday Kennedy's
blog (April 2010)
Interview at Broomfield Macaroni Kid
Interview at Abby the Librarian's
blog (May 2009)
"Poetry Makers" interview at The Miss Rumphius Effect
Visit Kristy Dempsey's
website for interviews with Linda and other authors and editors.
Visit the Children's Literature Network
for more about Linda and other authors, as well as other great information.
To read the entry in Gale Publication's Something About the Author
series, go to Answers.com