SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author Interview: Kathleen Ahrens

By Resham Premchand
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

As the International Regional Advisor Chair of SCBWI, what initiatives has you seen blossom over the years outside of the U.S.? 

Erzsi Deak started up international regions and became the SCBWI International Regional Advisor Chair (IRAC) in the early part of the last decade.

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: Inbal Sarid

By Liz Steinglass
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

On your facebook page, you have a very intriguing illustration of a man cutting the hair of a girl wearing a crown. The girl looks both stunned and thrilled. What’s happening in this picture?

This picture is actually my favorite illustration from the last book I finished illustrating.

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: Barbara McClintock

Barbara riding Paddy

By Mio Debnam
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Barbara McClintock is an author and illustrator of numerous picture books, which delight with humour and fine details. Her books have won four New York Times Best Books awards, a New York Times Notable Book citation, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor as well as an assortment of other awards and starred reviews.

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Agent Interview: Erzsi Deak

By Mio Debnam for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Erzsi Deak is the founder and president of literary salon and agency Hen & ink, which she established in November 2010, bringing with her more than twenty-five years of publishing experience.

Erzsi is eager to find new talent but has a request for all potential clients:

“Please note that unless you meet me at the Showcase or a workshop,

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: Miri Leshem-Pelly

Miri Leshem-Pelly meeting some of her characters.

By Liz Steinglass
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Miri Leshem-Pelly is a published author and illustrator of children books. Her favorite topics are nature and animals. She has created 26 books so far, including several bestsellers in Israel, one book published in the U.S.

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author Interview: Christopher Cheng

Visit Christopher Cheng

By Resham Premchand
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Walk us through your typical day.

I wake up early in morning. In summer, I go for a walk but in winter not so early. Then after breakfast and kicking my wife off to work (teacher-librarian at primary school), it is down to the business of writing,

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-App Creator Interview: Sarah Towle

By Whitney Stewart
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

I met Sarah Towle in Paris in 2007 when she was looking for a publisher for her children’s story/travel-guides to Paris. 

Her early concept was fantastic, so when she launched a Kickstarter campaign to take her new company, Time Traveler Tours,

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: Lesley Vamos

By Stephanie Ruble
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Lesley Vamos studied at both the College of Fine Arts where she earned a Distinction in their B.A. of Digital Media degree and was on the vice chancellors list after a year studying Design at Curtin University of Technology in Perth.

Since leaving university,

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: Serena Geddes

By Liz Steinglass for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

Serena Gedes is a Sydney-based illustrator and started her career working in animation for Walt Disney Australia.

In 2009, she secured her first contract and has illustrated 14 books, ranging from picture books – Samuel’s Kisses to junior fiction – Totally Twins.

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SCBWI Bologna 2012 Author-Illustrator Interview: John Shelley

By Mio Debnam
for SCBWI Bologna 2012
at Cynthia Leitich Smith‘s Cynsations

John Shelley studied at Bournville School of Art, then illustration at Manchester Polytechnic under children’s illustrator Tony Ross.

Debuting as a freelance illustrator in London, by 1984, he’d co-founded the artist’s collective Facade Studios with designer Andy Royston and illustrators Jane Ray and Willie Ryan.

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