I’m thrilled to share my interview with another Colorado talent, Alice Feagan. She is an author-illustrator and mother of two young children, so I’m wondering how she does it all. I’m planning to meet her in person very soon and maybe she’ll share her secret. In the meantime, we can enjoy her interview and celebrate her debut book THE COLLECTORS which came out earlier this month. I noticed Alice’s description of her childhood is very much like the children in my book ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON, complete with a treehouse, which made me smile.
Alice is generously offering one lucky winner a signed copy of THE COLLECTORS and a bookmark. Comment on the blogpost to enter the giveaway.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
Rosie and Winslow, the two main characters in THE COLLECTORS are very different. Winslow is a fearless finder and Rosie is a clever and cautious cataloger. I was a quiet child, but I think I was more of a Winslow, always up for a new adventure. Growing up in Western North Carolina my childhood home was nestled in the forest at the base of a mountain. I had free reign to explore in the woods, wade in the creek, and hike up the mountain to watch the waterfalls. When school was over we’d often grab a snack and head back outside, down the trail to a treehouse my father built. It was an idyllic childhood, and I loved being outside.
What inspires you?
The list of inspiration for my stories and illustrations is endless and ever evolving. THE COLLECTORS was inspired by a childhood spent outside. Much of my work reflects my love of the natural world. My cut paper collage illustration style came from an interest in folk art, mosaic techniques, and fabric artists. And these days I draw lots of inspiration from my two young sons, Tobyn (4yrs) and Llewyn (17mo).
What’s something you hope readers will take away from your book?
I hope THE COLLECTORS inspires kids to celebrate and observe the natural world. There are endless lessons nature can offer children (of all ages) when they stop and take a closer look. I’d love to hear that this story sparks an interest in nature for some of its young readers.
What’s next for you?
THE COLLECTORS released May 4th and I’ll be hosting an outdoor story time and nature walk with Walking Mountain Science Center – https://www.walkingmountains.org in Avon, Colorado Tue, June 29th and Sat, July 3rd. The event will be part of their Earthkeeper program for 3-5 year olds.
I’m also on deadline for the art in a new picture book by Nicole Magistro, READ ISLAND. This book, which will be released Fall 2021, is part of a larger brand that is inspired by reading and nature. READ ISLAND is a woman owned, Colorado based company. You can find the products and eventually the book at: https://www.myreadisland.com
To connect with Alice and learn more about her books:
Twitter – @acfeagan Instagram – @acfeagan Facebook – Alice Feagan