Kidlit Caravan Authors Carrie Tillotson, Harshita Jerath, Kimberly Wilson, & Paula Cohen Discuss Picture Book Journeys

 

By Suma Subramaniam

Today, I’m thrilled to welcome Kidlit Caravan members, Harshita Jerath, Kimberly Wilson, Carrie Tillotson, and our dearest Paula Cohen who passed away in February a few days before her book launch. Kidlit Caravan is a troupe of authors and author/illustrators with debut picture books headed your way in 2022.

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New Voices: Alison Green Myers & Meera Trehan Explore Different Ways Of Seeing The World

By Elisabeth Norton

Spotlight image: Alison Green Myers with her son and dog exploring the setting from A Bird Will Soar.

I’m so happy to introduce Cynsations readers to two debut authors, Alison Green Myers and Meera Trehan.

Alison and Meera, thank you for joining us today.

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Gayatri Sethi and Annika Sarin on Defying Categorization & Unbelonging

By Suma Subramaniam

I’m pleased to welcome Gayatri Sethi, author of Unbelonging (Mango and Marigold Press, 2021) and co-founder of desi kidlit community to Cynsations! Welcome, Gayatri!

What do you love most about the creative life/being an author? Why?

Collaboration. I love working with creatives,

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New Voices: Casie Bazay & Ginny Myers Sain on Persistence

By AJ Eversole & Gayleen Rabakukk

We’re happy to welcome two debut Oklahoma YA authors to Cynsations today! Casie Bazay’s novel, Not Our Summer (Running Press Kids) released on May 11, 2021 and is a #1 Oklahoma Bestseller. Ginny Myers Sain‘s novel, Dark and Shallow Lies was published by Razorbill/Penguin on September 7,

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New Voices: Evan Griffith & Sajni Patel on Reflecting Strength in Stories

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Above image: downtown Austin from Lady Bird Lake, photo by Ron Rabakukk

Today I’m chatting with two debut Austin authors with very different books, but both feature strong female protagonists who were envisioned by creators dedicated to letting readers see themselves in stories.

Evan Griffith‘s picture book biography Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power,

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New Visions: Author-Illustrator Isabella Kung Discusses her Journey to Publication

 

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

I am so pleased to welcome author-illustrator Isabella Kung to discuss her journey to publication and to share her inspiration for her debut picture book No Fuzzball! (Scholastic, 2020).

What first inspired you to illustrate for young readers?

I always loved reading children’s books and the love only grew as I aged.

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New Voices: Roseanne A. Brown & Diana Ma on Creating Characters That Mirrored Themselves

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

I’m excited to introduce our readers to Roseanne A. Brown, author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (Balzar + Bray, 2020), and Diana Ma, author of Heiress Apparently (Abrams, 2020). While these two YA debut novels may seem different in genre and tone,

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