Today, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dr. Mira Reisberg while participating in one of her full day workshops. Dr. Reisberg has illustrated several books including Uncle Nacho’s Hat, Where Fireflies Dance, and Baby Rattlesnake, to name a few. Below are her answers to my “Points from the Published” interview.
2. How long have you been in this business? When did you start? When did you get your first book published?
“I have been in the business since early 1988. Uncle Nacho’s Hat was published in 1989.”
3. What inspires you and what motivates you to carry on?
“It isn’t the money! I was raised with the prime directive to help make a better world, and I do that with my art, teaching, and children’s picture books.”
“I am a writer and illustrator. I also do picture book consulting through Skype with people from all over the world. I teach classes, like this one, and online classes like Hero Art Journey that teaches people how to draw and paint. They learn about multiculturalism, world mythology, personal growth, and children’s books in fun ways. I’ll be teaching my first online class on illustrating children’s picture books sometime next year.”
5. Do you have an agent? If yes, what steps did you take to obtain one?
“No. A part of me would like one, but I’d have to find the right person. I’ve heard horror stories, but it’s getting harder and harder to submit without an agent.”
6. What advice would you give to a new writer?