Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Caldecott Honor-winning author/illustrator Peter Brown to our 12 x 12 featured author series. I have been a HUGE fan of Peter’s work for years so, needless to say, I was excited to learn that I would get to meet him at the NJ-SCBWI conference where we were both on faculty this past June.
Being the shy type, I barged right up to him at the cocktail party, told him I use Children Make Terrible Pets in nearly all of my school visits, and asked him to be a featured author for 12 x 12. I don’t think he had any idea what he was agreeing to, but he said yes, and HERE HE IS!
Peter and I spoke for almost an hour, and I know we’re all busy. Therefore I painstakingly, torturingly (why yes, I DID just invent a new adverb) cut it down to just under 30 minutes to keep it manageable. Also, I must tell you I was a hot mess during this interview. Literally. I had just finished a run on a hot summer day, and it was approximately 9000 degrees in my house because my swamp cooler was on the fritz. So if I’m looking a bit pinkish / oompa loompa-like, you’ll know why. Okay – I’ll put my vanity aside now.
Peter has very generously offered to critique either a picture book manuscript (author only) or a sketch dummy (author/illustrator) from this month’s winning 12 x 12 participant. So if I were you I would plan to get your drafts and revisions done this month to give yourselves the best possible chance of winning! 🙂
If you want to show Peter your appreciation for his contribution to 12 x 12, be sure to BUY HIS BRAND NEW BOOK – Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. It hits bookstores on September 3rd.
One last thing. I was so inspired by Peter’s keynote speech at NJ-SCBWI, I wrote a blog post about it afterward. So be sure to check that out too! Now, please welcome Peter…Categories: 12 x 12, 12 x 12 Featured Author, Authors, Books, Children's Books, Guest Blogging, Picture Books, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12, 12 x 12 Featured Author, Author, Authors, Books, Children's Books, Illustrator, Peter Brown, Picture Books, Writer, Writing