Q: Did you like writing in school? Why?
A: As a child, it is rumored that I always carried paper and pen. I don’t remember writing in elementary school, even though it is where I published my first poem. It was a Valentine’s poem for the school newspaper. I remember even less about writing in middle school, but in high school, I remember loving writing a lot.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
A: A few things all at once: hearing a public radio show on slavery, meeting my students who “HATED” reading, and attending family reunions.
Q: If you were the boy in the book, what would you do and why?
A: There will be no spoilers here. I would do what Washington did.
Q: What would you do if that actually happened to your son?
A: Still no spoilers. I would be thrilled for my son.
Q: Why did you decide to write about DIRT? It is my favorite book. Is Washington a real person?
A: THANK YOU! Dirt is everywhere. There is no shortage of supply. I thought it would be a perfect technology. Washington is a fake character that might be a mish-mash of my son and others I have met.
Q: How did you make the book realistic?
A: By describing real life in the words.
Q: How long did it take to make the book?