Creative Spaces Interviews

A Peek at the Creative Space of Carolyn Fisher

I hope you all have been enjoying the holidays! I took last Monday off from Creative Spaces to enjoy a visit with my family and finish up my holiday to-do list. But I’m back today with a wonderful, wintery treat for you. This week we’re touring the workspace of Carolyn Fisher, the author and illustrator of the picture books The Snow Show and A Twisted Tale, and the illustrator of Two Old Potatoes and Me written by John Coy.  The Snow Show tells the story of how snow is made in a really fun and creative way. The picture book is presented as a cooking show (complete with a commercial break) with Chef Kelvin, a snowman, as your host.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Anna Dewdney

Joining us today for Creative Spaces is New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Anna is the creator of numerous picture books including the ever popular Llama Llama books: Llama Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama Misses Mama, and–just out this holiday season–Llama Llama Holiday Drama. Most people who know me well know I have an affinity for llamas (and alpacas, but “llama” is more fun to say)–I mean, look at this face! How can you not smile looking at this guy? Photo by law_keven on Flickr. So it shouldn’t be a surprise I’m a fan of Anna Dewdney’s books.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Kate Messner

Joining us this week for Creative Spaces is author Kate Messner. In addition to being a middle school English teacher, Kate is the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., which won the E. B. White Read Aloud Award in 2009, and the historical fiction novels Spitfire and Champlain and the Silent One. Hot off the presses this week is her latest middle grade novel, Sugar and Ice. The description from the publisher reads: For Claire Boucher, life is all about skating on the frozen cow pond and in the annual Maple Show right before the big pancake breakfast on her family’s maple farm.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery

Kirby Larson Mary Nethery I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My husband and I spent our holiday with my side of the family in California and are full of gratitude for the time spent with family and friends, lots of great food, and returning home to our pets who were spoiled and incredibly well taken care of by my in-laws. The feelings of gratitude continue today as we have a special treat with a joint Creative Spaces interview with authors Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery. Together they have collaborated on two award-winning nonfiction picture books, Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival (illustrated by Jean Cassels) and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle (a collaboration that also included Major Brian Dennis).… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Barrie Summy

Joining us this week for Creative Spaces is author Barrie Summy. Barrie is the author of a series of middle grade mysteries including I So Don’t Do Mysteries, I So Don’t Do Spooky, and the latest installment, I So Don’t Do Makeup. In I So Don’t Do Mysteries, seventh-grader Sherry (short for Sherlock) is spending spring break in San Diego with her best friend when she is contacted by the ghost of her mom who was shot in the line of duty and needs Sherry’s help in solving a case. Sherry juggles mystery sleuthing, tension with her best friend who thinks Sherry’s lost it when she confides that she’s been communicating with the ghost of her mother, and a serious crush on Josh the eighth-grade cutie.… Read the rest