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Claudia Mills is the author of How Oliver Olson Changed the World, 7 x 9 = Trouble!, Being Teddy Roosevelt, and many other books for children. She was born in New York City in 1954. She received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College, her master's degree from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. She also received an M.L.S. degree from the University of Maryland, with a concentration in children's literature. She worked as an editorial assistant at Four Winds Press (Scholastic), then as an editor at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland 1980 to 1989. Since 1991 she has taught philosophy, first as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland at Baltimor ...more

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Claudia Mills My strategy is to write for a short fixed amount of time every day. My goal is to write for an hour and to write one page during that time. My quota…moreMy strategy is to write for a short fixed amount of time every day. My goal is to write for an hour and to write one page during that time. My quota is so minimal that I don't ever feel too daunted by it: it's only an hour, after all; it's only one piddly page! But it's amazing how a page a day, written in an hour a day, will add up over the course of a year, and a lifetime.(less)
Claudia Mills For me, it's the sheer writing itself. I love curling up with my favorite clipboard (which has no clip, as the clip fell off DECADES ago), and pad of…moreFor me, it's the sheer writing itself. I love curling up with my favorite clipboard (which has no clip, as the clip fell off DECADES ago), and pad of narrow-ruled white paper (I'm very fussy about how dark the lines are, and it HAS to be narrow-ruled), and beloved Pilot Razor Point fine-tipped black marker pen, plus a mug of Swiss Miss hot chocolate. And maybe, if one is available, a cat. And then just to write. That's the best part, right there.(less)
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Losers, Inc.

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“Here's the best thing about being a writer: it's like having a magic wand to make whatever you want happen to imaginary people in a made-up world.

Here's the worst thing about being a writer: it makes you wish even more that you had a magic wand to make whatever you want happen to actual people in your own real life" -Autumn”
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“There's a kind of terrible stress that makes you eat three pieces of coconut cake, but there's an even more terrible kind of stress where you can't bear the thought of eating anything at all" -Autumn”
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“When you're in a family, it's not clear where one person's story begins and another person's story ends" -Autumn”
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