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Mini Interviews + Juana Martinez Neal = BIG Thank you

As I type this post  in my toasty-warm little studio… it is SO quiet. This... is a rarity. Usually, there is a lot of noise. I have music playing, the pencil sharpener is whirring, my phone is beeping or I'm gibbering away (to myself) trying to work out some piece of artwork, or part of a story. I'm loud. I talk loudly, I laugh loudly, I love action, and hustle...

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Mini Interview: Loren Long

Let me tell you about one of my FAVORITE holiday traditions... Every year, when we go visit Santa, he asks our boys what they would like for Christmas, makes a note of their requests, and gives them each a new book to tide them over till Christmas morning. This tradition started the very first Christmas after our oldest was born. He was about 2 months old. He didn't ask for...

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MIni Interview: Melissa Sweet

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Which means today (in my house at least)  is Pie Day! We get out all the ingredients. Make every one from scratch. Mixing, rolling, baking, testing... (The taste testing is my favorite part) When we're all done, we've made an incredible mess, but we've also made something wonderfully sweet, to savor and share. So, it seems especially fitting that today, Pie Day, is the day in which our featured...

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Mini Interview: K.G. Campbell

Keith Campbell and I are leading parallel picture-book lives... We both work in pencil. We share the same awesome agent. We've each had books published this year featuring title characters named Flora. And we have each illustrated tea parties- hosted by the fabulous folks at Viking Children's Books. (Twilight Zone theme music plays in the background.) We've got a lot in common.   And... I think that once you've seen...

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Mini Interview: Eric Barclay

When I was 8 years old… I got my first pair of glasses. But I really, Really, REALLY didn't want to wear them. So, for a few years, I kept them in my pocket whenever my parents were out of sight. And as a result, more and more other things were out of sight too!  I can see in my mind's eye, (more clearly than my vision would ever allow),...

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Mini Interview: Matt Phelan

You know how you can be puttering about on the internet, idly clicking, just passing time… when, outta nowhere, one unsuspecting click leads you  to something that just knocks your socks off?! Such was the case for me, when I happened upon Matt Phelan's cover for BLUFFTON. I can't remember where I was clicking to or from… I just remember that when I clicked a link and that image filled...

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Mini Interviews Week 1: And so it begins!

I know it's only Monday morning, but I've got a feeling this is gonna be a good week! I mean, just look who's coming to visit….   Marta Altes will be chatting with Juana on  Tuesday. Matt Phelan is stopping here for a visit on Wednesday Sean Qualls answers Mikela's questions on Thursday. And rounding off the week, John Rocco shoots the breeze with Laura on Friday.   Yep, it's gonna be...

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The Mini-Interviews are coming!

The day after tomorrow is November 1st and you know what that means…. NATIONAL PICTURE BOOK MONTH! And National picture Book Month means that Juana, Laura, Mikela and I are back with our annual series of Mini Interviews! This year, we’ve decided to embrace the “mini-ness” of our annual mini interviews, and so, our interviews will revolve around... the “little” things in the lives and work of our author/illustrator interviewees....

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A Mini Interview with Jeremy Holmes!

The first time I saw the artwork of Jeremy Holmes, I was sitting at a SCBWI conference. An art director from Chronicle Books handed me a copy of Jeremy's THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY. She handed me this book to pass around the room of conference of attendees- but it never made it out of my hands. The art work was so amazing- I was immediately...

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Last but not least!

How did it get to be the end of November?!" I keep asking myself... I can hardly believe it! But believe it or not, it's here, and along with it... our final four Mini Interviews for 2012. And, I think you'll agree that though they may be last- they are certainly not least! Here's the lineup... Constanze Von Kitzing  visits Juana's blog on Tuesday. Jeremy Holmes will be here on...

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Mini Interview with Kelly Light!

Kelly lives in Long Island, N.Y.. She is right now, drawing in her attic studio surrounded by old radios, books, cartoon collectibles and is usually singing very loudly. She is currently working hard on her first three books. All due out Spring 2014: ,THE QUIRKS - WELCOME TO NORMAL, written by Erin Soderberg (Bloomsbury), ELVIS AND THE UNDERDOGS, written by Jenny Lee (Balzer and Bray), LOUISE LOVES ART, by Kelly Light (Balzer and...

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A Mini Interview with Lynne Avril!

Lynne Avril was born and grew up in Montana, where she received a BA in Art from the University of (Hippie) Montana, Missoula, the Berkeley of the Northwest where she was also able to (somehow) complete her degree without taking a single math class. She has spent the last 30 years, however, living in and enjoying Arizona. She has spent those years trying out several career possibilities such as dishwasher,...

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