Ten writers for children. All with something to say.
Traveling to Research
THIS IS LA MALAGUETA IN MALAGA, SPAIN
WHERE YOUNG PABLO PICASSO WENT TO WATCH THE BULLFIGHTS
As you know, I research as much as I can from home. Then I write the first and second draft of my book. By now I know where I have gaps. After I make as many appointments as I can from home, I travel with my questions.
WHO and WHERE:
César:¡Sí, se puede! Yes, We Can
Fresno, California and Independence, Oregon
I met farm workers and Dolores Huerta
Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life
Mexico City, Mexico
*I took advantage and studied Diego Rivera during this trip
Diego: Bigger Than Life
I met his daughter Guadalupe Rivera
Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Justice
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Bronx, New York, and Washington DC
I met her cousin, Tito Baéz
Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina
I met Alicia Alonso, her first husband, Fernando Alonso, and her husband, Pedro Simón
Pablo Picasso:Yo, el rey I, The King
Southern and Central France, Málaga and Barcelona
I met his grandson, Bernard Picasso
*I took advantage and studied Salvador Dali during this trip
To have the smells, the sounds, and the sights of the places, and eat the food so that I can write about them
To meet the experts in order to be able to contact them for questions and to check the manuscript.
To take photographs for possible illustrations and power-point presentations
To be able to speak about the places with some authority
Asking for bigger book advances
Writing grants: I've got a work-in-progress from the Society of Children's Book Writers and illustrators and a fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts
I keep every single receipt from the trip for tax purposes.
Good informational travels to you!