Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 27th, I’ll be greeting readers and signing books at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival in Chappaqua, New York (a good place to have the festival, considering its name). Click the poster below to check out the festival website, get details on time and place, and see the full list of over 80 authors in attendance.
Courtesy of The Pen and Ink Blog, here’s an interview with me conducted by third-grader, Sam Kroll.
So there’s this guy named Todd Harris who draws all the pretty pictures for the Hero’s Guide books (and the ones you see plastered all over the wallpaper of this site). Since I wrote those books (and used his artwork all over my site), I figured I should talk to him. Here’s the conversation. (Read to the end for a peek at some awesome unused art from Storming the Castle!)
ME: So, Todd, let me start off with a thank you for creating such awesome depictions of my characters for the Hero’s Guide trilogy. More often than not, you’ve nailed the images I’ve had in my head as I wrote. I’ve always been curious as to how much you use the text when creating your character designs. What kind of specific cues you take from the text?
TODD: I rely on the text completely in the initial phases, all in an effort of trying to understand the personality. Once I feel like I understand that, I’ll try to add little things that bring the character to life and compliment the story. Everything I draw flows from the personality of the character and the situation he’s in. I’ll even draw sad or happy hair depending on the scene! With good stories (like Hero’s), there are unique characters and each character gets a unique shape language. For instance, Frederick is kind of a wimp (at least at the beginning of the series), and his waist is smaller than Gustav’s wrist! Continue reading
What is The Worst Thing About Saving the World? I ask myself that very question. Click the pic to read my reply.
Novel Novice asked me for an exclusive interview with Hero’s Guide’s least notorious pirate, Cap’n Gabberman. The old sea dog has a lot to say (and it’s not all ARRRRGH!). Read the full interview here.
Chewbacca, stupid naked people, and Olivia Newton-John show up in my responses to this fun Q&A with Misty, The Book Rat.
A slightly more serious interview about fairy tales, literature, and the writing process, via The Book Wars.
The Hero’s Guide to Being a Blog Tour has begun! First, stop by the Book Rat to meet the convicted rebel, Val Jeanval—what part will she play in the adventures of the League of Princes? Then hop over to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers to be introduced to Rapunzel’s helpful sprites, Blink & Deedle. More new character bios to come.