Wow! No wonder I love her books!
Liz wrote this post for Eastern Pennsylvania’s SCBWI blog.
It is about a subject close to my heart. As a writer as well as an illustrator, I hope I see this issue from both points of view. Every summer I teach picture book writing at Hollins University. My students are mostly “just” writers, and I feel their anxiety about trusting an illustrator with their words.
Will an illustrator understand what they see as they write?
Will the illustrator make it into HER/HIS book and leave the author behind?
These are all real worries and I am sympathetic, but listen to what Liz says:
“For me, one of the best parts of being an author is receiving the artwork for one of my books. And that thrill isn’t because it looks exactly like what I dreamed it would look like, but because it looks like something beyond my wildest dreams.”
I am honored to have illustrated a new book with Liz, In the Canyon, due out in August 2015.
I can report that we had a real give and take over the text and illustrations that resulted in what I think is the best book possible.