I found this on Publisher’s Weekly. Click here to read the full Q&A.
One of the best things you can do as a writer is follow the journey, pitfalls and successes of other writers. It helps you to build a roadmap to your own success. Michael is most certainly a success story.
In her first outing, Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake (2011), the precocious preschooler wants to eat nothing but chocolate cake, and in the subsequent Betty Bunny Wants Everything (2012), she has her heart set on buying everything in the toy store. Michael B. Kaplan’s heroine returns this month in Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It, which has the crafty rabbit blaming the Tooth Fairy for a broken lamp. This Dial picture book features illustrations by Stéphane Jorisch, as did the series’ earlier installments. Kaplan, who is also a playwright and has worked as a television writer and producer on 12 prime-time shows (including Frasier, for which he received an Emmy for best comedy series as a member of the producing staff), talked to Bookshelf about stepping into his new role as children’s book author.
Betty Bunny obviously came to be well after you’d established yourself as a writer in other media. How did you first find your calling as a writer?
I started writing plays in high school, and continued writing plays and musical revue material for the Triangle Club when I was at Princeton. When I graduated, I moved to New York to try to become involved in theater. My playwriting there led to my coming to the attention of a TV agent. I was always interested in TV and film, but had no idea how to access them. This was my opportunity, so I moved to L.A. to write for TV, which I’ve been doing for more than 20 years. And now I’ve added children’s books to my list of writing activities.