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Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee on Maybe a Fox

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Alison McGhee

In our January/February 2016 issue, Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz asked Maybe a Fox coauthors Alison McGhee and Kathi Appelt about their collaboration process — and about that tearjerker ending. Read the full review of Maybe a Fox here.

Elissa Gershowitz: How did you work together on this book? (And did you intentionally set out to make each other cry?!)

Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt

Alison McGhee: At first we wrote in separate voices — fox and girl — emailing chapters back and forth weekly. Later we worked on it simultaneously via Google Docs, and finally we took turns revising the entire thing solo (about a zillion times total). Intentional crying? Nope. (But if you want the truth, we both still cry whenever we read the ending.)

Kathi Appelt: What Alison said!

From the January/February 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

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