Stone Soup author Aiwen Desai, 12, talks about her favourite authors and her writing technique, including character development, along with some helpful advice on getting published. Aiwen had a poem, “Nature’s Plea” (July/August 2014) and a story, “A Secret Freedom” (September/October 2014) published in Stone Soup.

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

0:20 — How did you begin creative writing?

0:33 — How did you discover Stone Soup?

0:45 — What was your reaction to getting published in Stone Soup?

0:55 — Who are your favorite authors?

1:18 — What are your favorite things to write about?

1:27 — Describe some of your writing techniques

1:47 — How do you create your characters?

2:06 — Describe your writing process.

2:39 — What advice would you give to others who want to get published in Stone Soup?

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, and I have continued to 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 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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