If you have walked into the children's book section of a bookstore lately, then you have probably seen at least a couple of picture books illustrated by Lynne Avril displayed prominently. Lynne is an amazingly prolific (in the best possible way) and talented illustrator of more than 50 books for children and the young at heart, including the new Amelia Bedelia picture book series (Amelia Bedelia's First Vote comes out next week), Wagons Ho!, Every Cowgirl Loves a Rodeo, and The Pirate of Kindergarten.
Ben (B): It feels like whenever I'm in a bookstore I see at least 10 of the books you've illustrated prominently displayed. But how did you get started? What was your road to publication?
B: What have been a couple of your favorite projects?
B: Do you have an interest in writing?
B: What are your favorite tools of the trade? Feel free to be specific!
B: What is your usual process when illustrating a book?
B: What is your studio/workspace like?
B: What is something most people don't know about you?
B: What is a typical day like for you?
B: Any favorite art games?