Wackiness Ensues…

2 + 2 = ?

The other day I was at the zoo with my boys when another mom sat down next to me and started to regale me with unbidden tales of how time consuming her job as an accountant was. Then, she paused and asked the question any working mother should know better than to ask another working mother... "So, What do YOU do?" ME: I'm a children's book writer and illustrator. Zoo...

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Idle Studio Close-ups Part 1:

I share my studio space with a crazy bunch of creatives and intellectuals... my family. In the custom built 19' x 22' workshop in our back yard there are an extraordinary number of odd and wonderful things going on at any given time. And each of us with our wildly different specific disciplines influence one another, and  the space itself. So, I thought I'd do a series of blog posts giving you a peek at...

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A 10 Year Overnight Success

  While everyone has been writing about the amazing time we all had at the 40th SCBWI Conference in LA last week (and rightly so- it was fab!) I have been thinking an awful lot about my first conference- the 30th SCBWI Conference in LA, and all that has happened in-between... When I left my career in animation to dive into children’s books 10 years ago, (my first picture book Emma’s Gift due out...

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Four Theme Parks and a Funeral.

Time is a funny thing...  It can drag, or race by. It can double back upon itself and make infinity. It can tick by in never ending revolutions on my wrist… on the watch my Papa gave me when I was ten years old. Every time the clockwork conks out I replaced it because I love that watch so much… or maybe because I love my Papa so much. When...

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I am a Book Junkie.

Can’t get enough of them. You might think that as a writer and illustrator, after a day spent in the studio making them, I might want a bit of down time. But no. Long books, short books, picture books… cookbooks even, I love ‘em! And though our house is amply stocked with bookshelves in every room- there are still stacks of the little rectangular darlings overflowing every-which-where! And though the...

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