Vivien Mildenberger

After graduating from Art Center College of Design, Vivien Mildenberger packed up her pencils and moved to a lovely farm just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. There she works on her illustrations, pottery, and other general magic-making.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The evening in which my grandparents would read me fairy tales, like the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson were always my favorite. One of my most cherished books as a child was a book called Peterchen’s Mondfahrt (or Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon) in which a May Beetle enlists the help of children to help him find his missing leg.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I wanted to help magical stories come to life. I’ve been drawing since I can remember, and I didn’t want to stop!