A Royal Ball may have been Margaret Springer's first children's book, but it was not her first venture into children's literature. Since 1982, her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in such magazines as Highlights for Children, Turtle,
Pennywhistle Press, and Clubhouse. To date, she has seen publication of more than seventy of her stories and articles.
A Royal Ball is the story of Queen Zygoma and King Mervin. Although their realms are right next to each other, the queen and king, for reasons no one can remember, have long been enemies. However, Queen Zygoma's seven daughters and King Mervin's seven
sons conspire to bring peace between their parents.
The inspiration for Springer's stories come in various ways. She told CA: "I write primarily for young readers, because that is such a vast and enthusiastic audience, constantly reinventing itself: various age levels, different genres and lengths,
changing markets. It's fun to entertain, and also good to know that the underlying values which are important to me can find a wider audience." She saves newspaper clippings that interest her and uses them as the basis for her stories. She also keeps a
jar filled with words written on scraps of paper, and picks them out for story ideas. For instance, "Dishpan Ducks," published in Highlights for Children in 1990, was inspired by newspaper clippings about oil spills. Another story, "Elephant Yoga," came
about when she reached into her jar and drew the words "jungle," "waterfall," and "mouse."...
Move Over, Einstein!, illustrated by Biz Hull, 1997
("Tatiana Kumpf's big chance to prove herself comes when she enters the competition for the best science project. But can she overcome her lack of confidence in time?")