Creative Spaces Interviews

A Peek at the Creative Space of Hilary Wagner

This week we get to peek at the creative space of debut author Hilary Wagner. Her first middle grade novel, Nightshade City, was published this month.   Nightshade City is about an underground kingdom of rats where three orphan rats band together to overthrow an oppressive ruler. No less than author Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) recommended the novel saying, “Fans of Redwall and the Warrior series will love this heroic tale of good versus evil in a subterranean society of rats. The world of the Catacombs is so compelling readers will wonder if it really might exist under our city streets.”… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Wendy Mass

Joining us this week to share her creative space is author Wendy Mass! Wendy Mass is the author of ten novels including A Mango-Shaped Space, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Every Soul a Star, 11 Birthdays, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, and Finally. Her books have been translated into 12 languages and nominated for 41 state book awards, and A Mango-Shaped Space was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association. Her latest book (out in book stores this week!) is The Candymakers, a puzzle mystery about four 12-year-olds who enter a candymaking contest.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Lauren Castillo

Today we welcome illustrator Lauren Castillo to Creative Spaces! Lauren studied Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and earned her master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts’s Illustration as Visual Essay program in NYC. Her debut picture book, What Happens on Wednesdays written by Emily Jenkins, was published in 2007. What Happens on Wednesdays received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publisher’s Weekly. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Radiant mixed-media art by a debut illustrator captures the warmth and candor in Jenkins’s sparkling slice-of-life tale.”  Following What Happens on Wednesdays, Lauren went on to illustrate The Pig and Miss Prudence by Linda Stanek; Buffalo Music by Tracey E.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Lois Lowry

It is an honor to welcome to Creative Spaces Lois Lowry, two-time Newbery Award winner for Number the Stars and The Giver. Continuing with the birthday giveaways this week, I was recently in New York City at a fantastic independent children’s bookstore called Books of Wonder and was delighted to find Lois Lowry’s latest book Birthday Ball. It was actually the birthday connection that gave me the idea of giving away books for the interviews this week. What I didn’t even realize at first was that these were not ordinary copies of Birthday Ball, but SIGNED! And not just signed by Lois Lowry, but also the illustrator Jules Feiffer who you may know best from Bark, George or this little-known title called The Phantom Tollbooth.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Today it is my pleasure to welcome three-time Newbery Honor winner, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, to Creative Spaces. Ms. Snyder is the author of many beloved and award-winning titles including The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, Witches of Worm, The Velvet Room, The Unseen, The Great Stanley Kidnapping Case, Libby on Wednesday, The Changeling, The Ghosts of Rathburn Park, and her most recent title published last fall, William S. and the Great Escape. I discovered Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s books around third or fourth grade and became a huge fan, reading every book of hers my library had in its collection. The Egypt Game is an all-time favorite.… Read the rest