Hope asked Kate DiCamillo:

Kate, your earlier books had a back story of sadness and loss for the main character. With Flora and Ulysses, the girl is stalwart and zany. Do these qualities reflect you and a progression in your own life?

Kate DiCamillo Hi Hope (I like your name). Let's see . . . a progression. I don't know. The sadness is still there. The loss is still there. But it could be that there is now more stalwartness in my self than there was. The zaniness, I must say, has always been there.
Kate DiCamillo

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