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The Questionless Books Interview: Cartoonist and Illustrator Patricia Storms

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The Questionless Books Interview: Cartoonist and Illustrator Patricia Storms

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales / publicity / production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Patricia Storms is an award-winning cartoonist, as well as a children's book illustrator and author. Her picture book The Pirate and the Penguin was named one of the top 10 Great Books for Children for 2011, by the Canadian Toy Testing Council. She is also the new cartoonist who write & draws Chirp, the much-loved yellow bird from Owlkids. Her latest illustrated books are Snowy Science, published by Scholastic Canada, and Kid Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Grown-Ups, published by Walker and Company. Patricia lives and creates in Toronto, with her husband and two fat cats in a cosy old house full to the brim with books.

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I am...
short and snappy.

I am known to...
snap and be short.

I do this in...
all kinds of weather.

I do this because...
I have too many deadlines and not enough coffee.

I do this when I...
have no deadlines and too much coffee.

The way I do this is...
thankfully often padded with cuteness and humour.

At his/her core, a Writer is...
neurotic, insecure, unsettled.

As opposed to an Author, who is...
neurotic, insecure, unsettled with a royalty cheque.

A Writer is responsible for...
their own drinks.

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for...
buying the next round.

At its core, Publishing is...
in a constant state of flux.

As opposed to Editing, which is...
a constant state of finesse.

A Publisher should always...
spell my name right.

As opposed to an Editor, who should always...
answer my insane frantic emails.

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is...
a miracle waiting to implode.

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be read by others, which is...
a miracle waiting for 5 stars from Amazon.com

A Manuscript should always...
cause at least one paper cut.

As opposed to a Book, which should always...
try not to be spineless.

At its core, Bookselling is...
a necessary good.

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is...
a necessary evil.

The smallest unit of narrative is...
beyond my comprehension.

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is...
new episodes of Downton Abbey.

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is...
another book by Bieber.

In the future we will all...
be worried about the future.

At his/her core, a Reader is...
reading.

However, the ideal Reader is...
reading my books.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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