Stone Soup author Elia Smith, 10, talks about how she got started as an author, what she likes to read and write about, and shares some tips on how to become an award-winning writer.  Two of Elia’s stories have been published in Stone Soup:  “The Locket” (July/August 2014), and “Words” (September/October 2014).

Here’s a list of the questions she answers in this video.

0:15 — How did you begin creative writing?

0:33 — What do you like to write about?

0:47 — Who are your favorite authors?

1:05 — Describe your writing process.

1:28 —  Have you won any awards for your writing?

1:36 — How did you discover Stone Soup?

2:09 — What was your reaction to getting published in Stone Soup?

2:30 — What advice would you give to others who want to get published in Stone Soup?

William Rubel, Editor
About the Author

In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children's art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, "The Magic of Fire," is about hearth cooking. My book, "Bread, a global history," speaks for itself. I am currently writing a 130,000-word bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

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