The award winning author, Richard Peck, died last week.
He said, in a speech to the Library of Congress Book Festival in 2013:
"I'm a writer because I never had a teacher who said, "Write what you know."
If I'd been limited to writing what I know, I would have produced ONE unpublishable haiku."
"Beatrix Potter never was a rabbit.
J.K. Rowling did not attend Hogwarts School."