frequently asked questions
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR IDEAS?
The natural world is a continual source of inspiration for me. I spent much of my childhood exploring and observing almost every nook and cranny of
the outdoors, and my fascination has followed me
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOKS?
From idea to publication, "Octopus Escapes Again!" took about 3 years- a year and a half researching, designing the illustrations and creating the text, then another year and a half collaborating with my publisher- more
editing, polishing, vetting, and the publication process. "Paddle Perch Climb" took a little over 2 years.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU DEVOTE TO MAKING BOOKS?
I'm involved in the many facets of picture book on a regular basis, either in my studio or outdoors on the lookout for inspiration. I like to work in the mornings in my studio, but can sometimes become so fully absorbed with a project the entire day has passed by—I fondly call it the "black hole" because once I enter I may never be seen again!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO READ?
I've always been a huge fan of short story mysteries. This genre has had a strong
influence on the style of my books.
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY NEW BOOKS?
Yes! I am working on two new books. The first is about beneficial creatures in the garden. The second book is about venomous ocean creatures.
WHAT TYPE OF MEDIUM DO YOU USE FOR YOUR ARTWORK?
I use a paper collage technique, one of my favorite mediums. It is conducive to the bold design and color that I am looking for. I use handmade papers from all around the world.
DO YOU PREFER TO ILLUSTRATE OR WRITE?
Although I enjoy both, I always visualize a story in pictures first. The words