Barbara Lavallee

Barbara Lavallee

Q & A

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Iowa and Wisconsin


What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?

I met author Vicki Cobb through a mutual friend.  She was interested in my art and thought it would be fun to do a book together.  That resulted in the Imagine Living Here series of 7 non-fiction books published by Walker and Co.


Do you use your childhood as inspiration?

I had a fabulous childhood and my work is very much influenced by the fact that I grew up in a family of women after my father died when I was 13.


What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?

Practice, Practice Practice.  Hone your craft to the best it can be.



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