Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Congrats, Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish: 100,000 sold! Interview with illustrator Debra Ziss


In celebration of Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish selling over 100,000 copies, I thought to post this fun interview with illustrator Debra Ziss. Listen in with your totz:

1. Can you describe your process, Debra?

i usually see something in my head the moment i read the manuscript. then i sit down at the computer and "sculpt" in illustrator. by this i mean that i draw shapes and refine them until they begin to look like something. what i see in my head is NEVER what appears on screen. i'm usually pleasantly surprised by the end result.

2. Want to share an early sketch?

you can see sketches on: debbiedoesdoodles.blogspot.com i posted my original ideas for the book along with some finishes so readers could see the process. Like this:

3. Do you have any totz in your life now?

i sometimes test out my drawings on my "peanut gallery", my friends kids. if they like and understand what i've drawn, i know it's good!

4. Um, do you like to eat fish?

sushi is a personal favorite. good nite fishies!

Thanks, Debra! I love how our work came together. Thanks also to editor Rotem Moscovich and Scholastic. *hugs* And final thanks to everyone who has purchased copies for your totz!

Here's one last look at that sweetie pie reading to us:

Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish

by Lorie Ann Grover
illustrated by Debra Ziss
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, 2009


Joan Holub said...

What a wonderful milestone, and well-deserved.

I tweeted about it.

I'm so happy for you, Lorie Ann.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks, Joan!

Little Willow said...

Congratulations, Lorie Ann and Debra!

missziss said...

Hooray! Thanks for posting our good news and the interview.
I'm so pleased that we could work on such a great project together!

Rotem said...

This makes me so happy to hear!! Congrats to Lorie Ann and Debra. :) xo