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Ann Redisch Stampler

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Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of Afterparty and Where it Began, both for teens, as well as several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor Honor and Notable Books, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann lives with her husband, Rick, in Los Angeles, California.

Photograph by Sonya Sones

Ann Redisch Stampler

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Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of Afterparty and Where it Began, both for teens, as well as several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor Honor and Notable Books, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann lives with her husband, Rick, in Los Angeles, California.

Photograph by Sonya Sones

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Ann Stampler on Where It Began

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If not now, when?

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. kindness, integrity, sense of humor (all right, so sense of humor is not up there with honesty or having a sterling character, but I really, really like it)

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Not screwing up my kids.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I have so many of these that my propensity for pet peeves might qualify as one of my greatest flaws: bad drivers, people who cut in line or who save places for their 20 closest friends, people who are rude to waiters, people who are just rude, people who unwrap candies during concerts...lots of candies...endless candies, people who aren't nice to their dogs (While I was rewriting, during weeks of torrential rain, there was a gorgeous, sad golden retriever abandoned on the hill behind my house. We couldn't lure her into our house, but our neighbors finally caught her and rescued her and love her madly. But I actually wanted to hunt down her former owners and drop them off somewhere in the rainy wilderness.), people who park in two parking spaces, and all forms of snootiness.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Susan B. Anthony: You go, girl! You can't even imagine how far we're going to take this.

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