What was your favorite book when you were a child?
- The Blue Book of Fairy Tales illustrated by Gordon Laite
What’s your favorite line from a book?
- It seems she hands upon the cheek of night as a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear—Beauty too rich for use, for earth to dear!—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Authors: William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Bram StokerIllustrators: Kay Neilsen , Arthur Rackham, Gordon Laite, Greg & Tim Hildebrandt, Eyvind Earl
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
My parents were very supportive and encouraged me to keep drawing. My mother was an artist and I spent a lot of time watching her and trying to draw like she did.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Many times I heard people say, “Don’t give up, keep at it…” I think that is easier said than done. My advice to people who are tired of hearing that would be: Join a group of artists and go sketch for a day. Talk to them about their work and find out what they do to keep their work fresh. Just knowing someone shares your interest can help you look at your own work in a very positive way. You can join one of the many international sketch crawls by visiting http://www.sketchcrawl.com.