When I was a kid, my school and public libraries always had a limit of how many books any single person could check out. Since it only took me a few minutes to read a picture book, I made the jump to chapter books a few months into first grade.
I think that my early reading habits made their mark on my writing habits. While I’ve tried my hand at a few picture books–often so that I could attend the SCBWI Missouri retreats with a focus on picture books–I’ve completed more manuscripts for novels than picture books. And actually, my agent has assured me that those projects for younger readers are short stories.
Don’t get me wrong. I adore picture books. But I immerse myself in novels.