Creative Spaces Interviews

A Peek at the Creative Space of Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Guess what everyone? Today we have another book giveaway! Today’s Creative Spaces interviewee is author Lyn Miller-Lachmann, and this week marks the one-year anniversary of the publication of her young adult novel Gringolandia. To celebrate her anniversary, Lyn has graciously offered a signed book as a giveaway! If you’d like to be entered in the raffle to win a signed copy of Gringolandia, simply leave a comment (anytime this week through Friday) and I will randomly draw a name over the weekend for the winner. I had hoped to have read Gringolandia by the time this interview posted, but alas I have not.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Julie Paschkis

This Monday we’re getting a peek at the workspace of illustrator Julie Paschkis.  Julie’s work has already made an appearance in this interview series because she illustrated Rachel Rodriguez’s picture books Through Georgia’s Eyes and Building on Nature. Julie’s 26th picture book collaboration, Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian written by Margarita Engle, will be published this week. Summer Birds is a picture book biography about Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th-century naturalist who carefully observed the metamorphosis of the butterfly and documented it through her paintings to disprove centuries of scientific belief that butterflies were creatures of the devil and originated from mud.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Stephen Emond

Happy Monday, everyone! This Monday we’re stepping inside the creative space of author and illustrator Stephen Emond. Steve’s debut young adult novel, Happyface, was published in March by Little, Brown and Company. Have you heard about Happyface yet? I just finished it this weekend and thought it was so, so good. I’m not alone on that opinion either–the novel has received a starred review from both Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus, and has blurbs of approval on the back cover by authors Scott Westerfeld, Adam Rex, Michael Buckley, and Hope Larson. Happyface is told through the journal of an artistic, shy, funny teenager.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Deborah Underwood

Deborah Underwood is a talented friend of mine who I met in one of my first writing critique groups back in 2001. She is the author of 18 nonfiction titles (including Has a Cow Saved Your Life?, Staging a Play, and Northern Lights), the easy reader Pirate Mom, and co-writer with Whoopi Goldberg of the Sugar Plum Ballerina chapter book series. And just published this spring are not one, not two, but THREE of her picture books. The first of the three is Granny Gomez & Jigsaw, published in March. I remember reading a draft of Granny Gomez’s story way back when, in our San Francisco writing group, and was so excited to see these characters again years later in their published form, wonderfully illustrated by Scott Magoon.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Elizabeth O. Dulemba

 Elizabeth O. Dulemba is an award-winning children’s book author and/or illustrator of over a dozen books including Glitter Girl and the Crazy Cheese, The Prince’s Diary, and Paco and the Giant Chile Plant. Her most recent picture book, Soap, Soap, Soap – Jabón, Jabón, Jabón, was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award. For all you parents out there with an iPhone, iTouch, or even the iPad, she also has an iBook App available for you titled Lula’s Brew. (A great thing to have stored on your device just in case you find yourself stuck somewhere with nothing to distract and entertain the little one, no?)… Read the rest