Chris Monroe

Jack Rendulich

Chris Monroe’s humor and intricate illustrations draw high praise from reviewers and bloggers alike. Chris is also the author and illustrator of Totally Uncool and the comic strip Violet Days, which has been in print for more than 20 years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Dad is sad, very very sad. He had a bad day, what a day dad had.” —Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Maurice Sendak, Hillary Knight, Roald Dahl

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have always loved to draw and write. I have wanted to be an artist since kindergarten when I drew a bunny.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep with it.