Top Quotes by Cynthia Leitich Smith

I find getting the first draft down to be the biggest challenge. Every word, every punctuation mark, every plot point is a decision. It’s much more fun to play with something that already exists.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Big picture, it’s amazing to create characters and see them brought to life in the art. And to love that art. But I especially enjoy writing a character with heightened powers that aren’t especially useful to him.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

My stories include realistic fiction and fantasy.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Children and teens take in stories to the deepest imaginable level. What we put on the page can change the people they’ll become and the course of their lives.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

For me, it’s been a treat to interact with authors who were publishing when I was a young reader. Judy Blume once gave me a pep talk at a writing conference. I had a short story featured in the same anthology as Beverly Cleary. Magic.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

In terms of graphic versus prose, I could probably do a lecture on that topic. But what stood out most was the difference in pacing the language and resulting scenes. One illustration can do so much for the reader.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

I’m fond of my werecats, if only because I have four real-world felines staring at me as I type.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

I’ve always been fond of Tim Drake/Robin. I suppose it’s the YA writer in me. I enjoy the intensity of young, smart heroes. I’d love to write him in either graphic or prose form.

Cynthia Leitich Smith

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