Author Interviews

Monster Hats: An Interview with Children’s Author Catherine Dawgert

Children’s Book Author and Illustrator Catherine Dawgert Shares the Stories Behind her Picture BooksIf you are willing to look at the world a little off-center, sometimes as children will, and discover the humor and wonder that is in it, you’ll be drawn to Catherine Dawgert’s pictures books and her illustrations. Catherine Dawgert is the author-illustrator…

Meet the Book Whisperers: Mellisa Sherlin and Rona Gofstein of Writers Business School

I bumped into Mellisa Sherlin and Rona Gofstein at a publishers’ conference a few weeks ago. It was early fall, a weekend mixed with wind, rain and sparkling book publishing conversations. The conference was organized by the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE), and it gathered together bright lights among independently published authors, small presses,…

Increasing Visibility with Book Awards: An Interview with Lauren White from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

One of the critical problems that indie authors and small press publishers continue to face is the issue of visibility for their books. How do we make our books more visible to potential readers and purchasers of books? This is a problem especially in an industry flooded with both traditionally-published and indie-published books and where…

Interview with Corrina Holyoake, Illustrator and Author of Animania

Corrina Holyoake is an artist and illustrator based in coastal West Sussex in the U.K. A person perusing her portfolio quickly realizes, however, that her art partakes of a much wider and diverse world. She paints mesmerizing treescapes that have elements of impressionist and colorist works and creates decorative art that at times reminds us…

Artist Showcase: Elza Zijlstra ~ Artist at TrashWorks

Elza Zijlstra creates art out of discarded objects she finds on long walks along the beach. Her art, a mesh of beach trash and eclectic images from vintage magazines (art created under her logo TrashWorks), distills images that are at once original and striking. In one image titled Harry Wanted to Travel, a man in…

There Be Pandas: An Interview with Anne Belov

Of Art, Writing and Panda WranglingAnne Belov is a painter, print-maker, author and illustrator and a self-confessed panda wrangler. It might have been enough to know that she is a painter or print-maker. Her paintings, often oil on linen, provide a window into ordinary scenes – capturing a sense of place, that touch of light.…

Telling a Story: A Chat with Voice Actor Jill Cofsky

Those of us lucky enough may remember back to a time when we were small and someone read or told us a story that left us in a state of wonder. We may remember the rise and fall of the storyteller’s voice, the gleam in the eyes and the larger-than-life grin or grimace on the storyteller’s face. For…

Author Robin Hardy Discusses Writing and Changes in Publishing

Versatile and a gifted writer, Robin Hardy is the author of more than twenty books and has been writing Christian fiction for some 29 years. Her first novel, Chataine’s Guardian, was a runner-up for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 1985. She has worked with five different publishers, including Christian book publishers Word and NavPress,…

Peep’s Spring Surprise and the Making of a EBook App: An Interview with Jamie Stevens

Author-Illustrator Jamie Stevens takes us behind the scenes on the making of her children’s eBook app and her experience with eBook building platform InteractBuilder. Jamie Stevens, an illustrator and graphic designer, is the author-illustrator of a delightful eBook app for pre-schoolers titled Peep’s Spring Surprise. A beautifully crafted book (available for the iPad via the…