One of the amazing things to come out of this blog for me personally is that I've gotten the chance to learn - and show - that I'm a good interviewer. (You can check out some of my SCBWI Team Blog interviews of luminaries in the world of Children's Literature in the right sidebar.)
And thanks to the amazing editor Alice Pope, I was given the opportunity to contribute three interviews to the 2011 Edition of the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market - a reference and inspiration 'bible" for the world of kid and teen lit that's sold over 500,000 copies in its 23 editions!
Here's the table of contents, with "by Lee Wind" listed three times!!!
I'm really excited - Jacqueline Woodson, H. Jack Martin, and Laurent Linn all shared so openly and with such insight!
And I love the interview titles:
"I write because I have questions, not answers."
H. Jack Martin
NYC Public Library Assistant Director on Reaching the YA Audience
"Sharing the responsibility of Storytelling" in Your Art
I feel so fortunate to have been able to have these deep and substantive discussions with Jacqueline, Jack and Laurent. To have the insight and knowledge of an incredible award-winning author: Jacqueline writes (and wins awards!) across genres, and had one of the best answers ever for how to tackle big topics (like racism, and homophobia) in our writing without it getting 'preachy.' To learn from an innovative librarian who knows teens: Jack is the quintessential out-of-the-box thinker, who brought video game competitions and alternative proms into the New York City Public Library, and through his innovation, connected to a whole new generation of kids. And to get the real scoop from a successful art director and artist: Laurent shared so much about what an illustrator's portfolio should include, and what the art should do! To have these three At-The-Top-Of-Their-Game experts answer MY questions was a heady experience.
And hopefully, for those who read the interviews, it will be a conversation that will engage, enlighten, and inspire!
I loved doing these interviews, and I'm so excited that now they're out there for the world to read! For you to read.
Thank you Alice. And thank you Jacqueline, Jack, and Laurent. You made me look good!
Namaste, and happy reading,