Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Ten Questions with Georgia Graham

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Ten Questions with Georgia Graham

Tundra illustrator and author, Georgia Graham, has written three books and illustrated eleven. Her latest picture book for children is The Lime Green Secret. Visit Georgia Graham’s website at www.georgiagraham.com.

OBT:

Tell us about your book, The Lime Green Secret.

GG:

The Lime Green Secret is loosely based on a true story about myself in 1967 when I was a flower girl. The bride and bridesmaids are modeled after the real people.

OBT:

Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

GG:

Little girls who are going to be, or have been flower girls, or are just going to weddings.

OBT:

Which books made a great impression on you when you were a child?

GG:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

OBT:

Describe your ideal writing environment.

GG:

For the first draft: a paper and pencil in a cozy chair.

OBT:

What was your first publication?

GG:

Comet's Tale in 1982 - its crappy! Don't look for it.

OBT:

What are you reading right now?

GG:

Breathing Water by Joan Crate and it is absolutely fabulous.

OBT:

If you had to choose three books as a "Welcome to Canada" gift, what would those books be?

GG:

Carrier and Cohen’s The Hockey Sweater, Bannatyne-Cugnet and Moore’s A Prairie Alphabet and, of course, The Lime Green Secret!

OBT:

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?

GG:

That getting rejection letters happens to all of us.

OBT:

Describe the most memorable response you’ve received from a reader.

GG:

From my twenty years of visiting schools, students telling me they love my stories and illustrations.

OBT:

What is your next project?

GG:

I have about six illustrations still to finish for a book called Nana's Getting Married that Tundra will be publishing in 2010.



For more information about Georgia Graham’s The Lime Green Secret, visit the Tundra Books website.

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