Today’s guest is one of my dear critique partners, Anna Harber Freeman. I remember when she first shared an early draft of SHAPED BY HER HANDS: POTTER MARIA MARTINEZ. There is nothing like having a front row seat to the process of write, revise, and repeat until a manuscript becomes a beautiful book. Anna and I have been there for each other as we get feedback from others, write for contests, pitch parties, and of course meet in person and now virtually with our local picture book partners.
Anna is offering a copy of SHAPED BY HER HANDS: POTTER MARIA MARTINEZ written with Barbara Gonzalez and illustrated by Aphelandra or her first book, LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING illustrated by Jed Henry, or a picture book critique, winner’s choice giveaway. Comment on this post to enter.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
This is a photo of me at age 4 or 5, reading with my grandmother. She was a librarian at the Denver Public Library, and a member of the Osage Nation, and inspired me in so many ways, especially with books! I’ve loved to read, write, and draw as long as I can remember. At that age I was also very curious and sensitive.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by kids, nature, strong and creative women from history, and wondering, “What if?”
What’s something you hope your readers take away from your books?
I hope my books feel timeless. I hope LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING makes readers feel warm and fuzzy, while I hope SHAPED BY HER HANDS: POTTER MARIA MARTINEZ will inspire readers to create, and expand their knowledge and definition of art and artists.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on more picture book biographies, more board books, and a middle grade mystery. I will also continue teaching Art and Art History for grades K-12.
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