Who am I? The short answer is that I'm a mother, children's author and teacher, but there's more to it than that. So here are answers to questions I'm often asked by children, parents, teachers, librarians and other writers.

Who are you and where do you live? My full name is Elizabeth but most people call me Liz and a couple of people call me Mama. I live in Austin, Texas, amidst hiking trails and old oaks, live music and Mexican food, and some of the best friends a gal could hope for.

Where did you grow up? I spent my childhood in the Rocky Mountains and I spent my teenage years on a beautiful little lake in the Midwest. I still go to both Colorado and Wisconsin almost every year. I love them too much not to.

Why do you write for kids? I write for kids because it gives me hope and makes me happy. I write for kids because I remember being a kid. I write for kids because they bring out the best in me.

Do you have kids? I do. Some people think it's impossible to juggle motherhood and a writing life, but my daughters are one of the reasons I started writing books. They inspire me!

What else do you do, besides write? I love to read. And I really love to travel, which is kind of the same thing. I also love yoga, taking my funny puppy on walks and playing cards on the living room floor.

Do you do the artwork for your books? Nope. I'm not much of an artist, although I admire the ability wildly. Plus, if I did I wouldn't have the chance to work with some of the finest illustrators in the field, people like Robin Preiss Glasser, Marla Frazee, Arthur Howard, Vanessa Newton and Stephanie Graegin. Lucky me.

What children's writers do you admire? Too many to list, truly. But I can say that Louise Fitzhugh and Judy Blume made my adolesence survivable, that Mary Ann Hoberman's rhyme is the high bar I jump for, and that if I ever write a book with half the heart that Cynthia Rylant's have, I'll die happy.

If you'd like to know even more, check out the following interviews or come visit me at my blog. I'd love to see you there!