When Marissa Moss was buying school supplies for her son, she spotted a composition notebook. It reminded her of the notebook journals she kept as a young girl. So she bought it, took it home, and wrote and drew things she remembered from when she was 9 years old. She recorded her thoughts about what it’s like to move, start school, deal with an older sister, and make new friends. “Amelia’s what came out,” Marissa explains. “Many things that happen to Amelia happened to me, but sometimes I change the details to make a better story.” Amelia’s Notebook was such a hit, 25 more Amelia books have since been published!
“Each new one is still hard in its own way,” says Marissa, who has written and illustrated more than 50 books, including Daphne’s Diary of Daily Disasters. “Each one takes a lot of revising, because I never get things right the first time. That used to frustrate me. Now I expect it. And I don’t mind, because that gives me permission to make mistakes. It means I can take risks and try new things because I don’t have to be perfect—I can always make changes.”
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