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Member Spotlight: Moni Ritchie Hadley

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world?

Writing is a way of inspiring and connecting people. It is through words that we get a glimpse into minds and cultures. It is through words that we learn and inspire others to create and share who they are. Writing picture books allows kids to see themselves represented and make their own connections in the world.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block?

Take a break. Read a book – outside preferably, or near a sunny window. Listen to a podcast about writing – preferably while walking.

What is your favorite time to write? In the morning when the house is quiet and my mind is fresh.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers?

Write the story that only you can write. It took me a while to understand this advice.

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? Being a writer today means that diverse stories have the potential of reaching everyone. Books are available in stores, libraries, and at the click of a fingertip.

Moni Ritchie Hadley’s The Star Festival, illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa, is out now with Albert Whitman & Company