Full name: Paula Yoo
Birth date: April 10
Current location: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: YA novels & children's picture books
WiP or most recently published work: Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story (Lee & Low '09)
Writing credits: Good Enough (YA Novel, HarperCollins '08) & Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story (Lee & Low '05)
How frequently do you update your site? I try to update on a regular basis.
Is your site designed for reader interaction? Yes. I have a blog and comments section. I also host the annual NaPiBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week) every May that attracts hundreds of participants worldwide!
100 words or less: How would you describe your work? My children's books are narrative non-fiction biographies for older children. Good Enough is a funny and poignant contemporary YA novel about a young girl who thinks of herself as a "violin geek."
100 words or less: Please share your thoughts on children and reading. I started reading books at a very young age. I was in the first grade when I fell in love with E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. That book inspired me to become a writer. Although I love surfing on the Internet, watching TV, and playing video games, there's nothing more transcendent and life-changing than finding a quiet spot to sit back and read a book. Reading transports you to other worlds in a way modern technology can't. I encourage children and their parents to read books on a regular basis.