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With her seventh book, Is There Really a Human Race?, Curtis, 47, celebrates triple roles as mom, working actress and children's author. The Golden Globe winner dishes about her second act.
ARE YOU SURPRISED BY YOUR SUCCESS? How a girl who got a combined 600 on her SATs ended up writing books, I don't know. When I held my first one in my hands, I couldn't believe it existed.
WHERE DO YOUR STORIES BEGIN? With my children. My son Tommy, who's 10, inspired this one. He was very upset after he heard someone talking about "the human race." He was worried that it meant he'd missed a huge life lesson about the importance of always being No. 1.
WHICH IS MORE GRATIFYING, WRITING OR ACTING? Writing is the first creative exercise I ever attempted. Acting wasn't an art form for me.
LOTS OF STARS ARE CHURNING OUT KIDS' BOOKS. LIKE ANY? John Lithgow is a great storyteller. His books are very lyrical. Henry Winkler writes the fabulous Hank Zipzer series, about a kid with learning disabilities.
YOUR FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOKS? Go, Dog Go! James and the Giant Peach. Charlotte's Web. Pigs Ahoy! The Owl and the Pussycat, which I've read to Tommy every night of his life.
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