Where did you grow up?
What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
I painted a purple and red cloudscape when I was 6 and wrote my first poem when I was 13 about the woods near my house.
What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
Wanting to know about ballet and the ballet world.
Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
Children’s: The Three Musketeers, Black Beauty, Two Years Before the Mast, Cry, The Beloved Country
Adult: The Red and the Black, Anna Karenina, Passage to India, Lolita, Love in the Times of Cholera, All the Pretty Horses
What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
Travel, jazz, attending dance and theater performances, working out.
What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Think like a child