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MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN'S AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR NICOLA KILLEN

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN'S AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR NICOLA KILLEN

Nicola Killen is the author and illustrator of The Little Rabbit, the feature book in our March Picture Book Box. Nicola worked in greeting card design before going to art school. She lives in Cambridge, England.

MARMALADE BOOKS (MB): You graduated from the Cambridge School of Art in 2009 winning an award for the Best New Talent. Then in 2011, Julia Donaldson (Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo) chose your book Fluff and Billy, as one of her favourite picture books of the year. This must have been very exciting and an inspiring way to start your career as a children’s author and illustrator. Did it help to open doors for you?

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN'S AUTHORS KIT PEARSON AND KATHERINE FARRIS

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN'S AUTHORS KIT PEARSON AND KATHERINE FARRIS

Kit Pearson is a much-loved Canadian children’s author. Her award-winning novels include The Guests of War series (The Sky is Falling, Looking at the Moon and The Lights Go On Again), Awake and Dreaming (winner of the Governor General’s Award) and the just published Be My Love (companion to The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth). Also recently published The Magic Boat, a picture book she wrote with partner Katherine Farris. The Magic Boat is a lovely story about shyness, friendship and imagination. Marmalade Books was pleased to feature it in our February 2019 Picture Book Box. Kit and Katherine live in our hometown of Victoria, B.C.

MARMALADE BOOKS: Kit, I've long been a fan of your work. As a bookseller for the past twenty years, I regularly recommended your books to customers. It’s no surprise to me that you have won many awards. I've often felt that people don't appreciate how vital and beautifully written books are for young readers. So I was certainly excited for you and Canadian children's literature as a whole, when you were named a Member of the Order of Canada (“for your contributions as an author of Canadian literature for children and young adults”). It doesn’t happen very often that a children’s author or illustrator is recognized in this way. What does the award mean to you?

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN’S AUTHOR/EDITOR ANN FEATHERSTONE

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN’S AUTHOR/EDITOR ANN FEATHERSTONE

Ann Featherstone is the senior editor at Canadian publisher Pajama Press. She also happens to be my sister. And as her sister, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature her wonderful new book, A World of Kindness in our October Picture Book Box as well as interview her for our blog.

MARMALADE BOOKS (MB): We both got our start in the children’s book business working at Munro’s Books, one of the leading independent bookstores in Canada. How did you transition to being a children’s book editor?