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When I work on a novel, I usually have one character and a setting in mind. — Kevin Henkes

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Try drawing or painting a scene you're working on. Often this will help free up you imagination. — Kevin Henkes

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He could manage. Ms. Silver happened to be walking by — Kevin Henkes

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When I was a boy, one of my uncles had a cabin on a lake in Wisconsin. My family went there for parts of three summers, and I loved it! — Kevin Henkes

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(His) sadness grew; it became a rock inside him, pulling him down. He carried the sadness everywhere, morning, noon, and night. It hurt to breathe. — Kevin Henkes

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Sometimes all you can do is say, 'Wow.' — Kevin Henkes

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Whenever I'm writing a book, small details from my life always creep in. — Kevin Henkes

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I think writers are observers and watchers. We always have our ears open and eyes open, so I might see something in everyday life that inspires me. And I think that's probably more than anything else. Everyday life is where I get my inspiration. — Kevin Henkes

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He couldn't help but give in to the occasional temptation to replay past events in his mind, altering them, changing them from cruel to comfortable, from sad to happy, from unfair to accommodating. Anything was possible in his imagination. Any ending. If only thinking it could make it so. — Kevin Henkes

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The glittery feeling. She'd named it because it felt to her as if her skin and everything beneath it briefly became shiny and jumpy and bubbly, as if glitter materialized inside her, then rose quickly through the layers of tissue that comprised her, momentarily sparkling all over the surface of her skin before dissipating into the air. Martha — Kevin Henkes

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Everyone has something interesting to say. — Kevin Henkes

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But this was the first time someone he loved would be gone forever. He didn't like to think about the forever part. But when he did, which was often, the only place he wanted to be was home. — Kevin Henkes

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When I'm writing, I'm creating the story and its character with words. I'm thinking about what the pictures will be like, but I never begin to sketch. The pictures are all in my head. — Kevin Henkes

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My advice to would-be young authors is to read a lot, write a lot, and not worry about creating a finished product. Keeping a journal is not a bad idea either. — Kevin Henkes

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Home was the same as when Martha had left it, but because *she* had changed, her world seemed slightly different, as though she were seeing everything in sharper focus. — Kevin Henkes

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Martha had come up with the nickname Godbee by accident when she was younger than Lucy. Dorothy Boyle had been referred to as Grandma Boyle or Grandma B, for short, to distinguish her from Martha's other grandmother, Anne Hubbard. As a toddler, Martha couldn't pronounce Grandma B correctly, or had misheard it, and had, for as long as she could remember, called her favorite grandmother Godbee. For some reason, it had caught on. Not only with everyone in Martha's family, but with some of Godbee's friends and neighbors, too. — Kevin Henkes

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When I'm drawing, I only do that at home, really, at my drawing table. But writing I could do in other places. So I've written in airports, in hotels, different places. — Kevin Henkes

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The sky was full - of blue and sun. The ocean reflected it and was flat and glossy like a fancy ballroom floor. To Martha, this was the most beautiful sight, a miracle. The ocean made her feel insignificant and slightly afraid, but in an exhilarating way. Her inclination was not to walk or dance across the water's surface. Nor to swim through it. She wanted to *be* the ocean — Kevin Henkes

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Because she was looking down and focusing her attention so precisely, Alice lost track of time and of herself. She wouldn't be able to put it into words, except to say she felt removed from the world. Or just at its edge. At the edge of the wild and beautiful world. She felt small, too. But part of something large. She was happy. — Kevin Henkes

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Sometimes I think as adults we think of them as - because they're small in size that they're small in all ways - and they're not. They have big feelings, and they have big eyes, they see things, they hear things, they're living life just the way an adult does and I think sometimes as adults we forget that. — Kevin Henkes

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Books come from within. — Kevin Henkes

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You don't need to have kids to write a good book for kids. I don't want my kids to see themselves in my books. Their lives should be their lives. — Kevin Henkes

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Didn't it make sense that after something horrible happens, something better should follow? — Kevin Henkes

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When I was young, I assumed that authors must have traveled the world or done exotic things in order to tell great stories. — Kevin Henkes

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I like examining the ordinary, and by doing so, one hopefully reveals the extraordinary nature within. — Kevin Henkes

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Now smile a real smile for me so I know you're not suffering inside. — Kevin Henkes

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I usually do my writing in a very nice room, my studio, which is in the attic of our house in Wisconsin. But the nice thing about writing is that I can do it in many places. So sometimes I'll write in coffee shops. — Kevin Henkes

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I usually know where I want to end up when I begin, but I have no idea how I'm going to get there ... I don't write with an outline, and surprises happen on the way, and sometimes it changes. — Kevin Henkes

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As she wove in and out of all the people - rushing, talking, eating, laughing; some in clumps, some alone - she realized that no one, no one at all in the airport, or on the entire planet for that matter, knew her thoughts, knew what she was carrying inside her head and heart. And at that very minute, what was inside her head and heart made her feel as though there was no one else in the whole world she would rather be. — Kevin Henkes

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I always craft my words to the point where I think and hope they're perfect before I ever begin sketching. — Kevin Henkes

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I like small, domestic stories. — Kevin Henkes

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Papa?" she repeated. She rolled her eyes dramatically. "That is so babyish, I can hardly believe it. — Kevin Henkes

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If we expose kids to books and art, nothing but good can come from it. — Kevin Henkes

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Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better — Kevin Henkes

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What do you do when you are really, really sad?" When you are full of dread, is what she really meant.
Godbee exhaled through her nose, making a whistling sound. "Hmm. When I'm genuinely suffering I try to think of someone worse off than I am. And then, if it happens to be someone I know and I'm feeling particularly saintly, I try to do something nice for him or her. — Kevin Henkes

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When I'm writing the text for a book like 'Little White Rabbit,' I read it aloud, alone, in my studio, again and again and again - because the rhythm has to be exactly right. After I get my manuscript to the point where I think it is perfect, I begin to think about what I want the art to look like. — Kevin Henkes

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When I'm looking for an idea, I'll do anything
clean the closet, mow the lawn, work in the garden. — Kevin Henkes