Meet the author nikki grimes

Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Nikki Grimes – Author Turf

meet the author nikki grimes

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Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Nikki Grimes

There were several people, but two come to mind, right now: My childhood friend, Debra Jackson, who has encouraged my writing since we met in our early teens; and cellist Akua Dixon Turre. We met early in our careers, and we collaborated whenever the opportunity arose. She was always a great support. Was there ever a time in your writing career where you wanted to seriously give up? If so, how did you find the motivation to continue? Oh, once a week, at least!

Writing is in my blood, though, so I keep coming back to it. My muse owns me! Do you have any advice for other writers?

Wisdom from the author Nikki Grimes - Behind the Book

Write in the style that comes naturally to you. There is no wrong or right way to write a book, there is only what works for you! Good writing cannot be rushed. What do you think you do best in your writing? Combining poetry and prose.

Wisdom from the author Nikki Grimes

It comes to me fairly naturally, but it is also a skill I have intentionally honed. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing? What are you reading right now? Paula, by Isabel Allende. What was your favorite book as a child?

Nikki Grimes: 2009 National Book Festival

What was the first book you remember reading, or being read to you, as a child? What were you doing when you found out that your first book was accepted for publication?

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? When I first began writing, at age six.

  • Meet the Author: Nikki Grimes

What did you treat yourself to when you received your first advance check? Dinner with a friend at a French restaurant.

meet the author nikki grimes

I ordered duck in orange sauce. How do you know when a book is finished? Have any authors influenced you? James Baldwin and Kahlil Gibran were early influences.

meet the author nikki grimes

Toni Morrison and Doris Lessing came later. Baldwin taught me the importance of integrity in your work and, along with others, demonstrated the power of mastering your tools, namely language. Each is a poet in his or her own way. How did you decide to feature poetry so prominently in this book? I wanted to explore the interior landscapes of a diverse group of characters, and I believed poetry to be the most effective way to get to the heart of those characters.

In any case, poetry is the tool that works best for me. Some of the characters were inspired by high school poets I met on a visit to Centennial High School in California. Others were fictional whole-cloth. Tyrone seems to emerge as the main character as the book progresses.