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.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If not now, when?

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm nice. I think it's a greatly undervalued quality. I remember teachers railing about the blandness, lack of specificity, and overall blah nature of the word "nice." But I beg to differ. As interesting as it is to observe cutting wit and clever meanness from afar, I like nice. I don't mean that it's good to be nice in the face of Horrendous Evil or to roll over and not stick up for yourself or to be saccharine without a sense of humor or irony. But in everyday interactions, with family and friends and total strangers, I think it's important and it makes everything...well...nicer.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Actually. Really. Really. Actually. You got a problem with that? Really...

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writer. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be doing this

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Elizabeth Bennett, no question

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