Creative Spaces Interviews

A Peek at the Creative Space of Tracy Barrett

Joining us this week for Creative Spaces is author Tracy Barrett. She is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction titles including a middle grade time travel mystery, On Etruscan Time; The Sherlock Files which is a series of middle grade mysteries about two young descendants of Sherlock Holmes who set about solving his unsolved cases by using modern technology and their smarts; the ghost story Cold in Summer; and the award-winning Anna of Byzantium, a blend of history and fiction, a story of political intrigue set in the Byzantine empire. Her latest young adult novel, King of Ithaka, will officially be released into the wilds of bookshelves near you tomorrow.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Brian Lies

It’s my pleasure to welcome author/illustrator Brian Lies to Creative Spaces today. His last name is pronounced “Lees”, by the way. Counterintuitive to what you’re used to reading. (But oddly, the past tense is still “Lays”! Dumb grammar humor, anyone? Anyone?) Brian Lies illustrated his first book, Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye by Eth Clifford in 1989. He has gone on to illustrate more than twenty picture books including Finklehopper Frog by Irene Livingston, and Deep in the Swamp by Donna M. Bateman. In 2001, his first authored and illustrated books were published: Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle and Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Richard Michelson

This week author Richard Michelson is giving us a tour of his writing space. Richard Michelson is a both a poet and a children’s book author. Some of his children’s books include As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom, illustrated by Raul Colón; Tuttle’s Red Barn, illustrated by Mary Azarian; and Across the Alley, illustrated by E. B. Lewis. As Good as Anybody won the Sydney Taylor Award, and in the same year his book A is for Abraham was awarded the Silver Medal. This was the first time in the award’s 41-year history that both top honors went to the same author.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Chris Grabenstein

The gentleman to the left may look friendly and charming, but he’s also the mastermind behind some spooky, creepy stories including The Crossroads and The Hanging Hill which are both part of the Haunted Places Mystery series, as well as several mystery/thriller titles for adults. His books have been lauded by critics with The Crossroads winning The Anthony Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult novel and The Hanging Hill winning the 2010 Agatha Award. His latest book in the Haunted Places Mystery series for young readers is The Smoky Corridor and will be available in stores this week. All three books feature Zack Jennings and his dog Zipper and their unfortunate run-ins with ghosts and zombies.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Dan Santat

I imagine some of you regular readers may have wondered what happened to my interview with Dan Santat. I gave away his books in July as part of Book Cover Bingo, but then . . . no Dan Santat. Well, guess what?!? Today is Dan Santat Day! (Not officially, as far as I know. Although we could get a petition going on that if you’d like.) There was a minor scheduling hiccup and I couldn’t bring you this interview when I originally intended, but I’m very excited to share with you today a peek inside the creative space of the talented and hilarious Dan Santat.… Read the rest