Ruth Jeyaveeran

Ruth Jeyaveeran is an Assistant Professor of textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and a freelance illustrator. In her first book, The Road to Mumbai, she explored her South Asian heritage. She was very excited to revisit that part of the world in her illustrations for A Dog Named Haku. Her other books include The Spectacular Adventures of Sophie and Sebastian and The Happiest Tree. She lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Only connect.”—Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Garth Nix, E. M. Forster, Madeleine L’Engle

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Because it’s a really fun job.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep reading.