Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for more than a year. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.
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Sharon Draper speaks on her controversial novel Panic

Sharon Draper, New York Times bestselling and multiple Coretta Scott King Award winning-author, discusses the creation and inspiration for her novel Panic.

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Sharon M. Draper
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer. Come dream with me.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chicken. Many chickens have already given their lives for me. :-)

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.

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

A. Honesty. Positive rather than negative attitude. Genuine, not fake. I appreciate smiles and hugs.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I let my kids watch too much television when they were little.

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December 16, 2008

I envy folks who have time to blog. I’m usually so far behind in answering emails or letters or even washing the dishes that to take the time to sit down and write about what’s going on in my world is a little daunting. But I shall try to be diligent and post something at least once in a while. Filling out all these questions for the website really forced me to think. What’s my greatest flaw? Gee, do I have to admit one? What is perfect happiness? Hmm, that’s one of those questions that forces a person to evaluate the very essence of life. Heavy. What are my favorite songs? I had to think about that one for awhile. What do I hum... see more

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