Special Guest #7
~ Sharon Creech
Sharon Creech is from Cleveland, Ohio and Washington, DC. She was a student at Ohio's Hiram College and at George Mason University of Virginia. She has worked as a teacher, editorial assistant, indexer and researcher. She moved to England in 1979, and her husband has been headmaster of the American School. Creech now spends nine months of the year in England, and her summers on Lake Chautauqua with her family in western New York state.
Sharon Creech won the Newbery Medal in 1995 (when she was 49) with Walk Two Moons. Afterwards she was quoted as saying: "My advice to future Newbery winners: Take a deep breath. You will have about thirty minutes between the call announcing your book is the winner and the onslaught of complete chaos. . . .You won't know what hit you, but get ready: you're going on the ride of your life."
Currently shortlisted for the UK's Whitbread Award for Chasing Redbird, Creech claims in her ACHUKA interview to be able to keep her mind on work during the period leading up to an Award's announcement. Perhaps that's because she's won so many (the Newbery being merely the most prestigious).
She has written two books for adults under her married name, Sharon Rigg -- Recital and Nickel Malley.