Join me for story time…
at Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 11 a.m. Sunday, March 11. I will read my newest picture book A Stick Until…The story follows a stick on its journey as a tool, and from a tool to a toy, to a tree. Science information about stick use is included, like a science journal.
Story time at Lindsay will include activities for children to participate, including a crafts project and an imagination starter!
Hope to see you there! Lindsay is located at:
Delighted to have an interview this week with the informative and fun blog, Kidlit411! I discuss my process for writing and illustrating with a focus on my newest picture book, A Stick Until…. Thanks so much to Sylvia Liu for the opportunity. Here is the link: http://www.kidlit411.com/2018/01/Kidlit411-Author-Illustrator-Constance-Anderson.html
Illustration from A Stick Until…
HAPPY NEW YEAR
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir
Illustration from A Stick Until…
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore sold out of all the copies of A Stick Until…at Saturday’s book launch. But they are ordering more. Thanks to everyone who came out for making it a great event.
Recently I had the opportunity to challenge myself by accepting an invitation to discuss my career as an artist and author on the live local television show, Darlene Carman Presents. The interview is now on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i77skI2ca-w
My first impulse was to say no to the invitation, too intimidating. So instead, I said yes! I am glad I did because it was a great experience.
Darlene Carman, Doug Carman, and I on their television show, Darlene Carman Presents, discussing my picture book, Smelling Sunshine
From participating in the show I learned:
- How a television interview is put together - Darlene’s approach is an exchange of information between the presenter and the interviewer; prior to the interview, Darlene and I communicated through email, exchanging ideas as she gathered information about my career.
- How to help shape and prepare for a live interview – I gave Darlene as much information as she requested about my career, and she put together questions for the interview which worked as a guideline for my appearance; I knew what we would be discussing.
A page I illustrated from my picture book, Smelling Sunshine
- What the people involved in filming the show do, and what a great sense of comradely they share; there are multiple cameras for different angle shots and a floor ‘manager’ to conduct the show and keep track of timing; a friendly atmosphere pervades.
- What a constructive force the Carman’s are for getting information out to the public – go through their YouTube shows, and you’ll notice their diverse interests; interviews include artist and naturalist John Muir Laws, writer Liz Cunningham, and wildlife photographer Elaine Bond.
Darlene Carman and I talking about the teddy bear page in Smelling Sunshine
- How to stop my mind from inventing self defeating stories, and allow an experience that is filmed at the moment unfold – preparation and meditation was the key; I had fun and enjoyed myself.
Find the interview on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i77skI2ca-w or look on You Tube: Darlene Carman Presents, How To Make A Children’s Book. I hope you enjoy the interview and learn something about how to make a children’s book.
An illustration from my new picture book, A Stick Until (Star Bright Books, 2017)