Q: Why did you choose to write and illustrate children's books?
A: I always wanted to be artist, and I was always the kid who
could draw. When my brother and I were very young, he wrote a
story, which took place in a cave, and I illustrated it. (It only
sold one copy, which my mother bought.) In college, I majored
in art and in particular, print making. During my last two years
of college, one of my teachers was an illustrator who encouraged
me and helped me to develop my portfolio. The focus of my portfolio
was drawing children. From there, it was natural for me to get
involved with children's literature.
Q: Are you currently working on anything new?
A: Yes. It's the third book in a series and it's called At
Home in a New Land. It's about a Scandinavian family settling
and getting established in America. I'm also writing another book
based upon my childhood in Tucson. It focuses on the monsoon rains.
Q: Do you feel that children's fiction is an essential element
in developing children's literacy? Why?
A: Yes. For me, every book is new and different. I thoroughly
enjoy what I do, and I feel it's very important for kids to have
both well written and well illustrated books. They are excellent
tools to teach children subjects such as history, language arts
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