Featured Interview With Bianca March
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in Warren, Michigan. I graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a concentration in Film. I have a pet red-eared slider turtle, three goldfish, and a lovebird.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
In elementary school, I started to enjoy writing as a way to express my feelings and thoughts. It was a good way to clear my head and work through any problems I was facing.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
For children’s fiction, I enjoy the works of J.K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss, E.B. White, the brothers Grimm, and Lewis Carroll.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Searching for Pi: The Novel for Kids is a very funny book. I can flip to almost any page and get some jokes out of it. It teaches about pi by accident as the reader is following the students and teacher, Ms. Applewood, on their journeys. It is a 90% joke book and 10% math book, but you will thoroughly learn about the basics of pi and the truths about pi from this book.
Searching for Pi was originally the idea of a secret collaborator of mine (secret because they wish to remain anonymous). They had the idea for me to write this book years before I started writing it. They had a dream about the first few digits of pi and did not know what that dream meant or what the number meant until after they woke up, wrote it down, and researched it. My collaborator always struggled with math in school. They came up with most of the characters, songs, jokes, and several of the scenes for this book. They wrote down their ideas on patches of paper, and I sewed these patches together to create this book.
At first I resisted writing this book because I explained to the collaborator that it is impossible to search for pi and to write about searching for pi. However, after much insistence on their part, and a growing pile of patches, and after reading their jokes, character names, songs, and scene ideas, I realized that the material was “gold!” and that it would be a crime for me to not write this book and share it with the world. I could not let these patches be hidden forever.
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