Interview with Newbery Honor Author Thanhha Lai

Thanhha LaiGet to know Thanhha…

Thanhha Lai was born in Vietnam and now lives in New York with her family. She is the author of Inside Out & Back Again and Listen, Slowly. For more info, visit her website.

Quirky Questions

At the end of your Chinese meal, what would you like your fortune to read?

Everyday, you shall have hours to do nothing.

What is the best thing about getting old?

Wrinkles telling stories on my face.

What do you do too much of?

Pluck my hair.

What do you do too little of?


If you could make up a school subject, what would it be?

How to sit still. 101.

Thanhha LaigWriting Questions

What words of inspiration were given to you that you’d like to pass along to others?

Flag in hand, you must wave it.

When do you feel the most energized?

In the morning, after a jog.

If you were no longer able to write, how else would you express your creativity?

I would watch ants all day and something will come of it.

Do you feel that you chose your passion, or did it choose you?

It chose me.

Who or what has helped you to persevere and not quit?

Stubborn nature.

How much of your own life is reflected in your work?

Lots, so far.