By Marylou Morano Kjelle
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Martin’s alma mater is Smith College, an all-women’s college in Northampton, Massachusetts. Smith College was founded in 1871 and continues to be the largest liberal arts college for women in the United States. Not surprisingly, Smith College has graduated many students who, like Martin, have gone on to become successful authors. Smith College’s author roster includes well-known children’s book authors such as Madeleine L’Engle who wrote the 1963 Newbery Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time and Jane Yolen, author of The Devil’s Arithmetic.
On her writing days, Martin rises early, and gets her chores done and out of the way. M. at the latest. First she checks her e-mail and then she gets ready to write. ) Martin has intense powers of concentration. Once she begins her work for the day, she is able to block out all outside interferences or distractions. Her cats are her only companions when she writes. Martin can write anywhere, but she must have absolute silence to work—no talking, television, or music. The first thing that Martin does when she begins her writing day is to read over and revise the material that she wrote the day before.
Another series that developed from the Baby-sitters books was the California Diaries series, which was released in the Fall of 1997. In these books, Dawn, one of the Baby-sitters Club members moves to California. The books are written for readers in the 11- to 14-year-old age range. Martin explains the series by saying: I had been hearing for years from readers who had outgrown the Baby-sitters club and wished there was something else they could move on to that would let them stay in touch with these same characters.
Ann M. Martin by Marylou Morano Kjelle