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At the time I was writing 'Weedflower,' my friend Naomi Hirahara was writing a book about Japanese-American flower farmers. She knew quite a few elderly farmers and put me in touch with four or five of them who had been in camps during WWII. Some, like my father, were reluctant to talk about their experiences. ---->>>

I have so much respect for people who do blue-collar work because I come from that background myself. ---->>>

It took seven years from the day I decided I wanted to write fiction to actually getting a book published. ---->>>

You feel almost a part of the wheat when you're sitting in a combine. ---->>>

I hate thinking about writer's block! I don't have writer's block much, knock on wood, but if I do, I think it's usually because I haven't done enough research and am therefore unable to create a fully realized world. ---->>>

I try to find my deepest, often hidden feelings about what's working and what's not. This is difficult because I do lie to myself without being aware that that's what I'm doing. ---->>>

I love writing about people on the road. ---->>>

In 1982, when I was almost 26 years old, I decided I wanted to write fiction. I'd majored in journalism in college, and I'd always assumed I would write nonfiction. ---->>>

'Weedflower' was already in the copyediting phase when I heard about the Newbery award, so it didn't really influence my writing of that book, but since then, I have become more aware of having an audience. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 07-02, 1956
Occupation: Writer

Cynthia Kadohata (born July 2, 1956) is a Japanese American children's writer best known for her young adult novel Kira-Kira which won the Newbery Medal in 2005. She won the National Book Award in Young People's Literature in 2013 for The Thing About Luck. Kadohata was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her first published short story appeared in The New Yorker in 1986 (wikipedia)