creative process

A Peek at the Creative Space of Rachel Rodriguez (and another giveaway!)

Happy Monday morning, everyone! Today we’re getting a tour of the workspace of my friend Rachel Rodriguez. Rachel is the author of two picture books: Through Georgia’s Eyes, a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe, and Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi, a biography of the Spanish architect. They are beautiful books, both illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Rachel tells the story of these artists’ lives with a poetic voice and strong imagery. Listen to this: “For a time, Georgia lives in the city. She walks through canyons of concrete. She misses the outdoor world. The sun steals a bite from a skyscraper.”… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Danlyn Iantorno

Welcome back to my Creative Spaces kick-off week! Remember to comment on any post from this week to enter to win an autographed copy of Julie Anne Peters’ latest novel By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead. Today we’re talking with illustrator and writer Danlyn Iantorno. Danlyn Iantorno is the owner of Painted Olive Studios and has been a full-time artist for over 25 years. She has an extensive background in publishing, licensed products, graphics, and illustration. Danlyn is a past Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), active Designer Member of CHA (Craft and Hobby Assoc.),… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Julie Anne Peters

Julie Anne Peters is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of 16 published books including National Book Award Finalist Luna, Define “Normal”, Between Mom and Jo, Far From Xanadu, Keeping You a Secret, GRL2GRL: Short Fictions, and Rage: A Love Story. Her most recent title, By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead, was published earlier this year. An altered version of this interview originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Kite Tales for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the SCBWI, available for download on their website. (It’s worthwhile to read both, especially the typical workday section to see a comparison of what she was working on two years ago versus today.)… Read the rest

Creative Spaces Interview Series and a Free Book Giveaway!

Years ago, I attended a conference where Christopher Paul Curtis spoke. I remember him saying he spent every Saturday morning writing at his local library (I believe in the children’s section) working on what would become The Watsons Go to Birmingham. He left me with a mental image of this big man huddled over a small table at the library, scribbling away on a pad of paper. Most Harry Potter fans have heard the story of J.K. Rowling beginning to write the series in a London cafe with her baby napping in a stroller next to her. I once read that Philip Pullman used to work in a writing shed in his garden where he wrote every morning until he’d met his daily quota.… Read the rest