Crystal Kite Winner Deborah Underwood

Deborah Underwood is the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner for the Hawaii & California region — congratulations, Deborah!   The Quiet Book, by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska (Houghton Mifflin, 2010) is an exploration of the different kinds of quiet that fill a child’s day—everything from “first one awake quiet” to “thinking of a good reason you were drawing on the wall quiet.” The Loud Book, a companion volume, came out last April, and The Christmas Quiet Book will be published in 2012.

Deborah Underwood has been writing for kids for ten years. Before that, she was a street musician, a jewelry maker, a puzzle- and greeting-card-writer, and a Typist of Memos for Accountants.  And now for some more fun info about Deborah:

Q:  Tea or coffee?  Flavor?  Milk or sugar?

Deborah:  Standard: English Breakfast tea with soymilk, no sugar.

Treat: Peet’s Godiva Dark Chocolate Raspberry Freddo with soymilk and no whipped cream.

Q:  What’s always in your fridge? 

Deborah:  Limp produce I haven’t quite managed to get through. The guilt!

Q:  Can you deal better with wind or rain?

Deborah:  Rain. I got some big, goofy-looking light blue boots, and they’ve changed my life.

Q:  Deciduous or evergreen?

Deborah:  Both, please!

Q:  Flats or heels?

Deborah:  Flats. Definitely flats.

Q:  Cat or dog?

Deborah:  I vote for both. Unfortunately, Bella the cat and my landlord have veto power.

Q:  Favorite musical instrument?

Deborah:  Cello. Or uilleann pipes. Or ukulele.

Q:  Favorite board, card, or computer game? 

Deborah:  If by favorite you mean the one I waste way, way too much time on: Bejeweled Blitz.

Q:  You’re going on a book tour:  Plane, train or automobile?

Deborah:  Plane. Get there fast! Get home fast!

Q:  Ideal vacation. 

Deborah:  A book, a lanai, a tropical breeze, and a frozen drink with a pink umbrella in it. And a cheetah snoozing beside me. (A girl can dream, can’t she?)

Deborah is the author of A Balloon for Isabel, Granny Gomez and Jigsaw, and the easy reader Pirate Mom. She has written numerous nonfiction books on topics ranging from ballroom dancing to smallpox. Her work has appeared in Highlights, Ladybug, Spider, and National Geographic Kids. Deborah lives in northern California with her cat, Bella.

Thanks for stopping by, Deborah!  To learn more about Deborah, visit her here:


Twitter: underwoodwriter



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2 responses to “Crystal Kite Winner Deborah Underwood

  1. I fully understand the transformative power of a pair of goofy rainboots and am thinking of applying that kind of thinking to my whole life. Thanks for the fun interview, Kathy and Deborah!

  2. I agree — I just bought myself some this spring and it was FUN to splashing in the mud and puddles!

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