Woodson in September 2007
|Born||Jacqueline Amanda Woodson
February 12, 1963
Columbus, Ohio, United States
|Period||1990s to present|
|Genre||Young adult fiction|
|Subject||African American literature|
|Notable awards||Coretta Scott King Award
Margaret Edwards Award
National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
Coretta Scott King Award
|Children||Toshi Georgianna (daughter), Jackson Leroi (son)|
Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.
The epistolary form is one of the hardest to write. It's so hard to show something that's bigger in a letter. Plus, you have to have the balance of how many letters are going to work to tell the story and how few are going to make it fall apart.
When I'm feeling frustrated with a story, I have faith that it's going to come. Also, when I first started writing, I wanted to write the stories that were not in my childhood, to represent people who hadn't historically been represented in literature.
To me, elegy suggests that there is hope, and in some respects you've moved past the loss and are able to deal with it and to write about it.
I realized if I didn't start talking to my relatives, asking questions, thinking back to my own beginnings, there would come a time when those people wouldn't be around to help me look back and remember.
You can't have too many books featuring people of color, just like you can't have too many books featuring white people.
I never know, when I start writing a story, what's going to happen, or how it will all get sorted out.
I'm usually working either on a picture book and a young adult book, or a middle grade book and a young adult book. When I get bored with one, I move to the other, and then I go back.
I couldn't be a writer without hope. I think I became a writer because I'm pretty optimistic.
The idea of feeling isolated is scary to me – to walk through the world alone would be heartbreaking.