E. L. Konigsburg — American Writer born on February 10, 1930, died on April 19, 2013

Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was an American writer and illustrator of children's books and young adult fiction. She is one of six writers to win two Newbery Medals, the venerable American Library Association award for the year's "most distinguished contribution to American children's literature.".. (wikipedia)

Art comes from a visceral need and is usually generated by something I have seen; writing comes from something that happens in my head and my heart.
Readers let me know that they like books that have more to them than meets the eye. Had they not let me know that, I never would have written 'The View From Saturday.'
I get ideas for my books from people I know and what happens to them, from places I've been and what happens to me, and from things I read.
I think most of us are outsiders. And I think that's good because it makes you question things.
The essential problems remain the same... The kids I write about are asking for the same things I wanted. They want two contradictory things. They want to be the same as everyone else, and they want to be different from everyone else. They want acceptance for both.