Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

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Tony DiTerlizzi
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never abandon imagination

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I think I've got a decent imagination. I hope some of my stories inspire other young imaginations.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Dirty dishes.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Not living life to the fullest.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I've been taking macro-photographs of insects for the last few years. I really enjoy examining nature at close range.

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