K. A. Applegate

Literary Birthday – 9 October – K. A. Applegate

Happy Birthday, K. A. Applegate, born 9 October 1956.


  1. I think all writers write from the time they’re really young, and you just start asking the question, ‘What if?
  2. Memories are precious… they help tell us who we are.
  3. I like colourful tales with black beginnings, and stormy middles, and cloudless blue-sky endings. But any story will do.
  4. Humans. Sometimes they make chimps look smart.
  5. I really love writing, but I am very easily distracted: my two cats fighting, a rainbow, a TV show… I have to use every trick to keep myself at the computer.
  6. Humans waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot. Everyone knows the peels are the best part.
  7. Humans. Violent but peace-loving. Passionate but cerebral. Humane but cruel. Impulsive but calculating. Generous but selfish. Humans. Altogether a contradictory and deeply flawed species.
  8. One of the reasons I love writing for middle graders, besides their voracious appetite for books, is their deep concern for fairness and morality.
  9. I think having imaginary friends is an amazing coping mechanism. It’s pretty wonderful, and it makes a lot of sense to me.
  10. Most writers will say that at the start of each book they think, ‘I’m not sure I can do this.’ But eventually, you reach a magical point where the story suddenly becomes real to you, and you become totally invested in it.

Katherine Alice Applegate is an American young adult and children’s fiction writer, best known as the author of the Animorphs, Remnants, and Everworld series. She won the 2013 Newbery Medal for her children’s novel The One and Only Ivan.


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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 9th October 2016