New Interview up on KidlitArtists!

KidlitArtists is a blog created by some of the first illustrators selected as “mentees” at the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA. The class of 2010: John Deininger, Kimberly Gee, Ashley Mims, Andrea Offermann, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and Eliza Wheeler.


Brooke Boyton Hughes,, class of 2013, has so patiently worked with all of us new kids to get our interviews finished and posted. Thank you, Brooke! We are a bit more than halfway through the interviews with Suzanne Kaufman and Ana Aranda Balcazar coming soon.

Jeslyn Kate went first followed by Dorothia Rohner, Robin Rosenthal, and now yours truly. I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know these ladies and their wonderful illustrations. I hope you will stop by, prop up your feet, and read through each post. I cannot say enough how honored and amazed I am at being part of this stellar group of illustrators!

Come back often as the various Mentees take turns posting “helpful info and news for children’s illustrators as well as updates about past and present Mentees”. Over the last few years I have poured over their advice on portfolio development, tips on which portfolios to buy, and how to put them together.

Eliza Wheeler:

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Juana Martinez-Neal:

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And take a look at the looooong list of their published books!

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And a shelf load more coming out in 2015 and 2016. What a busy bunch they are! Did I mention how honored and amazed I am at being part of. . .yeah, but it just cannot be said enough. wow. just wow.