Alyssa Wiegand

Alyssa Wiegand is a lifelong party-thrower and feeder-of-others. She held her first formal dinner party (we’re talking suits and prom dresses) in high school and has appeared in a Japanese magazine as a manga character serving Venezuelan arepas to the citizens of Tokyo. Her weaknesses are farmer’s markets, antique anything, street food, and the word “artisan.”


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Giver

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”—David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

M. F. K. Fisher, Anthony Doerr, David Sedaris

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I’ve always loved all things related to books—writing, reading, physical books, bookstores, and libraries. These things just make me happy.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Practice as much as you can. There’s no substitute for it, no matter how much raw talent you have. It also help you find and refine your own voice and style.