|Jason Lefebvre, J. C. Phillipps, Hazel Mitchell, Jane Kohuth, Jannie Ho, Deborah Freedman, Corinne Demas, Sandra Horning, Diane deGroat (not pictured: Richard Michelson)|
Sunday I had the GREAT PLEASURE of taking part in SCBWI's first Inside Story Event. It was held at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA (and they're having a big anniversary event this coming weekend, so if you're nearby you might want to check it out.) We, authors, each got 4 minutes of podium time to tell an "inside story" about our books.
Clockwise from top, left:
Deborah Freedman shared some inside art tips for how she illustrated her smash book, THE STORY OF FISH AND SNAIL.
Jannie Ho is ready to sign copies of THE GREAT CHRISTMAS CRISIS.
Jason Lefebvre talks about how a glue incident at the preschool where he worked inspired his first book TOO MUCH GLUE.
Hazel Mitchel shows early character sketches for ONE WORD PEARL.
Richard Michelson talks about the background behind his non-fiction book TWICE AS GOOD: THE STORY OF WILLIAM POWELL AND CLEARVIEW, THE ONLY GOLF COURSE DESIGNED, BUILT, AND OWNED BY AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN - it's a long title, but it seems like an awesome book.
And Corrine Demas showed us her old autograph dog. (She was showing her book HERE COMES TROUBLE.)
When it came time for the book signing, I was a lucky-duck and got to sit next to the lively and fun Hazel Mitchell. I picked her brain about digital illustrations and we got to model with each other's books.
BIG THANKS to all who helped organize this event: Candace Ryan was great with the info at SCBWI, John Bell was a master MC, Ruth Sanderson for all her on-site help and support, and Hannah Moushabeck from the Odyssey Bookshop for being a wonderful host! I was thrilled to participate!