Hillary: What is the most magical/terrifying place you’ve visited?
Jane: The Scottish Highlands, and on the Isle of Harris, off the Scottish coast where we found a sheeling, which is a summer field for cattle-grazing that looked over a turquoise ocean with palm trees…..,IN SCOTLAND!!!
Hillary: How does place generally fit into your writing?
Jane: I take long walks and always come back with new ideas and every new place we visit becomes a story or the background for a story. The sheeling found its way into a love-gone-wrong short story; going bird watching with my husband and children turned into my Caldecott-winning OWL MOON. I am working on a series of children’s middle grade fantasy novels called The Rioal & Ancient Monster Hunters, all set in the town of Anstruther in Fife, not far from my Scottish house. The first is called SEA DRAGON OF FIFE.
Hillary: What is one place that is top of your to-go list and why?
Jane: I have a house in Scotland and for me, it is there.
Jane Yolen‘s 400th book came out in March 2021, and almost ten more will be published by year’s end. She writes in almost all genres, but is best known for her poetry, children’s books, short stories, and novels. Her three children and so far two of her grandchildren are published writers as well. She has won many awards, from Nebulas to Massachusetts State Awards for her work. The statuettes and certificates fill her house. She teaches writing and mentors writers. Six New England colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. She lives in Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and St Andrews Scotland with her second Husband, a poet and educator. They are working on a book of poetry together.
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