ABOUT LAURA WILLINGHAM

  • I write/illustrate children’s picture and chapter books. In addition, I write middle-grade and young adult novels.  

    In my “chicken” picture book series, Lily solves problems with her crafty creations. The titles are: “Chickens Don’t Wear Tutus!” (Mom’s Choice Awards – Gold Recipient) “Chickens Don’t Ski! (Mom’s Choice Awards – Gold Recipient) “Chickens Don’t Live in Tree Houses!” (released 6/23/22) & “Chickens Don’t Swim!” (releases 12/1/22). Books are available (US & UK) in hardcover, eBook, and Audible (Tutu book). Order from major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target, and Walmart. 

    Stay connected: https://linktr.ee/laurawillingham and https://LauraWillingham.com

    A graduate from ASU with a degree in history. Studied creative writing, art, and theatre arts/film (freshman and sophomore year) while attending a liberal/fine arts college. I have continued taking art and writing classes/workshops. 

    Worked in banking and marketing. Originally from North Carolina, but currently living in Oklahoma. I enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pawleys Island, SC, and Grand Lake, Oklahoma. When not writing and illustrating, I love all things outdoors, especially running, hiking, tennis, and walking my dog. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • In my chicken book series, I created illustrations in a simplistic style (similar to “Pete the Cat” books) with the intention for the illustrations to stand alone in telling the story. However, there is a text. The goal being, to appeal to very young children, non-verbal children, and to be a fun/quick story for older children. I have many different illustration styles.

    For older children, my writing objective is to offer adventure, suspense, comedy, social awareness, and overcoming challenges. For younger children, my goal is to write thought-provoking/learning themes. 

    I strive to write narratives that provide a strong base for creating fun and imaginative illustrations and to engage children with memorable stories.  

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