Today I am please to share my interview with Julie Rowan Zoch who has two recent releases. LOUIS, which she illustrated, written by Tom Lichtenheld and I’M A HARE, SO THERE! her author-illustrator debut. I read LOUIS over FaceTime to my daughter and granddaughter and it was a huge hit. We all laughed from beginning to end, and if that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is. I’ve only read excerpts of I’M A HARE, SO THERE! but I look forward to getting my hands on it soon. Julie is offering a copy of I’M A HARE, SO THERE! to one lucky winner (US only) so don’t forget to comment on this post to enter the giveaway.
What were you like at the target age of your audience?
I was curious, confident, and luckily a very happy child at that age. I loved school, hated homework, and was probably a bit of a terror for my teachers as I liked to talk. A lot! Not very different from the main character, Jack!
What inspires you?
I’m pretty easily inspired: from the sound of burrowing owl babies when they are afraid (do look it up!), the genius of Dvořák, the smell of freshly ground cardamom, or how spring leaves look against a slate gray sky.
What do you hope readers take away from your books?
I would hope that readers feel inspired to read more about animals – or anything in the natural world!
What’s next for you?
No new contract at the moment, so I will readwriteeatsleepdraw, repeat! (Except when I’m at work in the bookstore!)
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