Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, which I refer to as a northern suburb of Detroit, when Detroit was still a beautiful city with gardens and leafy trees on its main streets.
What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
I wrote a poem in the fourth grade about rain, and can still recite it.
What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
My crazy daughter, Chris.
Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
I use my children’s childhood as inspiration and throw in some recollections of my own.
What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
Ping by Marjorie Flack; Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag; the yellow, blue, red fairy tales; Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.
Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?
Loren Long; Eric Carle; David Small; Peter de Seve and so many more.
What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Do it. Don’t talk about it. Do it.