I'm so excited to welcome Patrice Barton to our Austin SCBWI interview series this month, and I think you will be, too, when you see how she's answered our questions. Patrice is an accomplished illustrator with three, count them, three books coming out this April. When Patrice asked if she could include some sketches along with her words, I knew we were in for a treat. I hope you all enjoy getting to know Patrice as much as I did through her words and pictures!
Where did you grow up, and did that place (or those places) shape your work? If so, how?
Did you always want to be an illustrator, or did that come later?
If someone were to follow you around for 24 hours, what would they see?
How does your everyday life feed your work?
Tell us about some of your accomplishments that make you proud (work and/or otherwise).
What surprises you about the creative life?
Your work is like a gift for your readers. When they open it, what do you hope they find?
Patrice earned her Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Studio Art. Her work appears in picture books, chapter books, children's magazines, and the educational market. Patrice works from her home in Austin, Texas which she shares with her husband, son and good dog Archer.
As I mentioned, Patrice has three books being released in April 2015. Be on the lookout for:
Little Sleepyhead by Elizabeth McPike, published by G.P. Putnam
Uh-Oh!, by Shutta Crum, published by Knopf
The Year of the Three Sisters by Andrea Cheng, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Other recent books include:
• I Pledge Allegiance, by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez, Knopf 2014 - Accepted into the SOI Original Art Exhibit 2014
• The Year of the Fortune Cookie, by Andrea Cheng, HMH 2014 - A Junior Library Guild Selection
• The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig, Knopf 2013 – School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2013 Picture Books
• The Year of the Baby, Andrea Cheng, HMH 2013 – A Junior Library Guild Selection