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What Was on My . . .

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted a What Was on My… However, Erin Dealey interviewed me this week in celebration of the upcoming release of my picture book, The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe. When she did, she turned the tables on me and asked a few questions I normally reserve for others. She also asked a question for Vera Rubin.

So, here you go folks, thanks to Erin Dealey, what was on Sandra’s…

Street: Lots and lots of grapevines. In the 12th century monks terraced the land around the road I live on in Switzerland. They planted white grapes for winemaking and folks still grow the same grapes today. If you continue downhill through the vines, you run into Lake Geneva and after about 8 miles of water, you run into the French Alps on the opposite side. It’s an unbelievably beautiful part of the world.

The Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Desk: Not very much. I’m a bit of a neat nick when it comes to my desk. But behind me are shelves stockpiled and messy with picture books, favorite things, old family photos, and my picture-book muses.

TO DO List: Read the 39 books of the 21 other authors in my fabulous promotional group, The 2021derfuls. Prepare for school and bookstore visits coming up in February and March. Attend the SCBWI Golden Kite Gala, to celebrate the finalist books, among which is Nacho’s Nachos. Elevate Women.

What might we find on Vera Rubin’s…

TO DO list? Elevate Women. (Yes, it’s true, I copied her for my own list.) Vera Rubin always made time to support women. She read their articles. She discussed their ideas. And when committees met to award prizes, she picked up the phone to make sure the committees didn’t forget the impressive women in her field.


To read more of my interview with Erin, please visit her blog HERE. You can also discover her upcoming book Peter Easter Frog, which is a Junior Library Guild selection. 

To find out more about The Stuff Between the Stars, please visit my website HERE.

9 thoughts on “What Was on My . . .

  1. Sandra, the cover for Stuff between the starts looks absolutely magical, you just know you’re going to get completely charmed. Felicitation!!! and wishes of more and morer!!!

  2. Lovely interview! I’m so excited about your new book! It’s great that you’ve found a promotional group beyond the debut year. And congratulations on your trip to SCBWI and the finalist status for Nacho’s Nachos!

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