Interview with Becky Scharnhorst 

I recently talked to the amazing Becky Scharnhorst about her book MY SCHOOL STINKS!

Favorite season?

📚I love the freedom that summer brings because the kids don’t have school and there are fewer activities. However, if we are talking strictly about the weather, then fall is my favorite season. I love warm days, cool nights, cozy socks, and all the colors of fall.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

📚One of my favorite ways to unwind is to go for a hike. I’ve been fortunate to live in or near the woods for the past 9 years, so whenever I’m feeling stressed, I head to the trails.

What book release are you looking forward to?

📚Oh, goodness! There are so many wonderful books coming out it’s hard to pick just one. A few that I’ve recently pre-ordered are Goodnight Ganesha by Nadia Salomon and Poonam Mistry, Good Night, Oppy by James McGowan and Graham Carter, and Clovis Keeps His Cool by Katelyn Aronson and Eve Farb.

Favorite type of shoes to wear?

📚In the summer, my favorite shoes are my Keen Whisper Sandals. For every other season, my go-to shoes are Rocket Dog sneakers.

Now, let’s talk about the hilarious and heartwarming MY SCHOOL STINKS. What gave you the idea for this story?

📚When I wrote this book I lived in the middle of the woods in Northeast Pennsylvania where wild animal sightings were a common occurrence. Watching my children’s fear over backyard bear sightings turn into excitement was what inspired me to put Stuart in a classroom of wild animals.

This book is written in a diary format. Did you write drafts in other formats before deciding to write it like a diary?

📚Yes! It started as a story written in 3rd person POV. Then, I changed the setting to a camp and wrote it in a series of letters home. Finally, I switched to journal entries when I changed the setting back to a school.

Penguin Random House

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