Excerpted from Sky High by Marissa Moss. Copyright © 2009 by Marissa Moss. Excerpted by permission of Tricycle Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
1. How long did it take you to write this book?
This book took ten years, off and on, the longest I’ve ever worked on a book!
2. When did you know you were a writer?
I sent my first book to publishers when I was 9, but it wasn’t very good and they didn’t publish it. I didn’t try to send work out again until I was a grown-up.
3. What was your inspiration for writing this book?
Maggie! She’s an amazingly strong, focused woman. After she broke with family tradition and became a pilot, she went to school and became a physicist, working at the Lawrence Livermore Labs on defense programs. She wasn’t content to break one barrier — she broke two!
4. Do you have any hobbies?
I swim with a master’s team. It’s a great way to get ideas, so I always keep a notebook in my swim jacket.
5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to write and illustrate children’s books. There was no fallback plan. If I hadn’t gotten my first book, I’d still be waiting tables!