© Mike Sutcliffe
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
- Caddie Woodlawn
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“…on the bosom where she had drawn her first breath [Beth] quietly drew her last….” From Little Women. The quiet finality of the words and the way they link birth and death struck me even as a child.
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
- Cheryl Harness, Diane Stanley, and Jean Fritz—all biographers
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
Someone told me once that if you want to be immortal, you should plant a tree, raise a child, and write a book. Seemed like a good idea.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Join a critique group! I can’t stress this enough. There are NO shortcuts.