Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Newbery Medal-winning book Kira-Kira, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She has published numerous short stories in such literary journals as the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Grand Street, and the Mississippi Review. She lives with her son and dog in West Covina, California.
In this interview, Cynthia talks about her family background and her father's reticence in talking about his experiences in a Japanese-American internment camp, as well as the ideas that inspired a number of her award-winning books.
You can learn more about Cynthia on her website.