Carlyn Beccia

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Carlyn Beccia (pronounced Betcha) is an author, illustrator and graphic designer. Beccia’s children’s books, including Monstrous, The Raucous Royals, I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat, and They Lost Their Heads, have won numerous awards including the Golden Kite Honor, the International Reading Association’s Children’s and Young Adult Book Award, and the Cybils Award. If you would like to know what she has in her zombie preparedness kit, visit her at


What was your favorite book when you were a child?


What’s your favorite line from a book?

“What you risk reveals what you value.”—Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Edward Gorey, Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To write/illustrate the books I did not have as a kid. As a child, I always had a morbid curiosity and there were few books that spoke to my interests.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

I believe success happens when luck, perseverance, and talent collide but you have to be willing to get run over a few times before that happens.