|Being close to books was all that mattered to Carolyn Coman--which is why she first worked as a bookbinder. Although her hands and mind were busy, Carolyn soon realized that making books didn't completely nourish her hunger to write them. Sometimes your dreams are the hardest to face, and that's just what Carolyn did--she faced the truth and knew that writing books would make her happy, but she was afraid to fail, so she veered away from actually writing. She later worked in publishing and liked that, too, but nothing came close to the real process of writing her own stories--that kind of magic is simply too special. She had written her first story--entitled The Easter Bunny--in the fourth grade. She always dreamed of being a writer, and when she grew up she finally gave in to the "absolute burning and unkillable need to [write books]," and now she has two books--BEE & JACKY and WHAT JAMIE SAW--under her belt! Her novel, WHAT JAMIE SAW, was a 1995 Newbery Honor Award recipient and a 1995 National Book Award finalist. Carolyn's books deal with pretty heavy topics like emotional, mental, sexual, and physical abuse. She doesn't pick the topics she writes about because of their controversy, but because she's interested in seeing how people (especially young people!) work through difficult times during their lives. Carolyn's stories are never based on actual events that have happened to her or to people she knows. Carolyn has some good advice for young aspiring writers--"LISTEN to everything! It's important to watch closely, practice choosing the perfect words, your own words, in your own voice--for what you have seen and heard and imagined." A fun fact: her favorite book as a little girl was LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott.