The Gingerbread Man in Memphis

We chatted with the ever-so-talented Ruth Garrett, author of this sweet book The Gingerbread Man in Memphis. Learn about what inspired her to create her own version of the beloved story.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I love chocolate and cheeseburgers. My husband and I have two children and a golden retriever. I grew up in Memphis, went to the University of Alabama, and got my Master of Arts in Teaching at Belmont University. I taught for three years in Brentwood, TN, and then moved back to Memphis in 2014. I taught at Hutchison for three years before making the decision to stay home and do the mom thing.

How did the idea for the Gingerbread in Memphis come about? As a teacher, I always read gingerbread man books to my class during the holiday season. There are so many good ones! One night, I was reading a version of the gingerbread man that is based in New York City to my son and thought- Hey! I could write about the gingerbread man in Memphis!

How did you select the illustrator for your book? I hopped on the SCBWI website and started browsing the profiles of illustrators in the southeast.