I am back to illustrating children's books again after an 'Oh, too lOOOOng a break'.
A non-art school graduate with Honours in English and a desire to create I entered the world of children's books when a generous lady publisher, starting her own children's publishing house in India, offered me the opportunity to illustrate and write activity books. The books sold directly to schools. When several of my books hit the over million mark I bit my lip and wished I had worked for royalty :) All the same it feels good to know that my work is still in the market 20 years later and I am grateful to my publisher for it. However, 35 books down the line I began to feel my work was stagnating. I wanted to do something different but didn't know how.
In 2002, I visited USA and joined the SCBWI in Seattle, Washington. I became part of, in my opinion, the best ever critique group who were friendly, prompt and encouraging. I felt this most when I was in India illustrating a book for Puffin (Penguin Books - children's divn.). Our friendship grew over my next 4 books. My work became livelier and I dared to explore new areas. But my layouts lacked verve.
In 2006, an opportunity to work as a graphic designer for a product design company came my way and I saw it as a chance to grow - and I did. What's more I was able to design for children as well - packaging, wall murals, floor games, navigation signage and more.
But I missed writing and illustrating children's books :(
Then last year - out of the blue - just like that I received 2 new books to illustrate both for US publishers. I am back in this wonderful world - writing and illustrating for children - and I am sOOOOOOOO happy to be here again.
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