Author Revealed

About Isla Neal

Q. Previous occupations

A. I've been a children's book editor, a nanny, a camp counselor, a barista, a research lab assistant, and a movie theater ticket-taker.

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing beats them all, hands down.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. lots of writing in my jammies coffee coffee

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I have always had a ridiculous fear that I will walk into the bathroom one morning and find a python in my toilet. (This happens more frequently than you would care to believe, although--thank goodness--not yet to me).

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I desperately want to visit the Galapagos, and meet some giant tortoises.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I'd like to have a perfect sense of direction. I could get lost with a GPS strapped to my arm.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I am quite tall.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Baking.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Celebrity cake-maker.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Humor, intelligence, and understanding.

On Books and Writing

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. This is an incredibly difficult question! But I will say To Kill a Mockingbird, Holes, The Gun Seller, Little Fox Goes to the End of the World, and Matilda.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. To Kill a Mockingbird, definitely. That book gets better every time I read it.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write through the garbage.