M.L. Windsor lives and writes in Michigan. After graduating from Harvard University in 2012 with a degree in the History of Science, M.L. got to work creating books for children, some of which have now been published by Creston Books and include illustrations. M.L. Windsor is inspired by whimsical stories, imaginative works and nature. She enjoys traveling by train and her favorite season is autumn. Recently, M.L. spoke about her experiences working as an Author and her hopes for the future:

Past inspirations

Blasting News (BN): What influenced you to become an author and why did you gravitate towards Children's Books?

M.L. Windsor (M.L.W.): Similar to many other authors, I contracted writing fever early on in life and was never able to shake it. I do think storytelling is still a wonderful medium to convey the range of human emotions, unlimited by the constraints of budget or time. And children’s books—well, they’re the best of the best. Most of my favorite novels are written for children. As Madeleine L’Engle said, “You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it's going to be too difficult for grown-ups, you write it for children."

BN: What stories and writers inspired you?

M.L.W.: Very many. I am a fan of Lemony Snicket, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and many, many others. When I discover a voice that I love, I am willing to follow that voice almost anywhere—I trust that they’ll lead me to a great story.

Future aspirations

BN: Do you have an agent? If so, what was the process of finding him or her like?

M.L.W.: I do not have an agent.

BN: To date, what has been the most rewarding part of being an author?

M.L.W.: There’s something wonderful about seeing a project come to fruition. It’s the same sort of satisfaction at building or creating something, moving from vision to reality. Now, of course, lots of nasty roadblocks and bumps come along with that, and the reality is never quite as amazing as the vision, but that doesn’t mean the process isn’t worth it and more.

BN: What advice would you give someone who is aspiring to become an author, especially of children's books?

M.L.W.: G.K. Chesterton said “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” Good luck on all of your dragon-killing journeys!

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