Photo used with permission of Laurie Harden.
Laurie Harden was educated at Kansas City Art Institute, where she pursued a painting major. She also graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. She then returned to home state of New Jersey, where she got married and raised two sons. She freelanced in New York City and taught art classes. Harden has also established herself as a Fine Artist and has been represented by several galleries.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
- Black Beauty
What’s your favorite line from a book?
- "Call me Ishmeal."—Moby-Dick
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
- N. C. Wyeth, Arthur Rackham, and Edmund Dulac—all illustrators
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I was born with artistic talent in an artistic family, and I was enthralled by the beautifully illustrated books of my childhood and before.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
You have to really love what you are doing and believe in yourself, because there will be some very lean times and a lot of rejection.