Describe your new book/project/work.
Sweet Dreams Lullaby is my first self-authored picture book. It features a young bunny (inspired by my own pet bunny) being tucked into bed and invites sleepy toddlers to dream of comforting scenes from nature's bedtime. As the bunny snuggles in, the rest of the world readies for bed as well — eggs are wrapped in a nest, baby ducks take their baths, daddy frogs sing little ones to sleep, and "caterpillars in cocoons are tucked in tight beneath the moon." The rhyming text and soothing color palettes mimic the lyrical nature of lullabies and encourage children to think of happy thoughts and peaceful moments as they drift off to sleep.
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
I would very much like to be friends with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (books by Betty MacDonald). She has always been one of my favorite characters because she reminds me of a more eccentric version of my own grandmother — playful, whimsical, silly, unconventional, friendly, good-natured, and always a child at heart.
What was your favorite story as a child?
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams was one of my favorites, and still is. What a beautiful message — I've always been especially fond of the conversation between the Rabbit and the Skin Horse concerning "What is REAL?"
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
It changed at different phases, but I mostly wanted to be a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld, a soap opera writer, an Olympic ice skater, and yes, even an artist. Today, if I weren't making books for kids, I'd like to be a marine biologist and study whales. But I'm pretty sure if I was a marine biologist studying whales, I'd dream about being an artist.