Scott O’Dell

Becoming a writer:
How Scott O’Dell Changed My Life.

December 16, 2010

Scott O’Dell was my friend and mentor. That’s a tall statement considering that I met him only once. But that day changed my life. I was a young staffer at The New York Times, harboring a secret ambition: to write novels. But how? Writing a novel seemed far out of my depth. However, writing a […]

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Scott O’Dell, ‘Blue Dolphins’ author, tells why he writes for children

December 15, 2010

Here’s the piece I wrote about Scott O’Dell for The New York Times, published April 15, 1984. During the interview, Scott nudged me to think about writing for young readers. In the late 1950’s, before he wrote ”Island of the Blue Dolphins,” which was to become one of the most popular children’s books of all […]

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