Interview by Susie E. Caron (c) 4/2/15
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I am delighted today to present my interview with Sue Shanahan, whose books and illustrations I've admired for quite some time. Be sure to read my 5 'Twee'-Star' review of her incredible picture book Glory in the Morning. (Scroll down to just below this one.)
*****Sue, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve spent my career as an artist bringing children to life in my illustrations and portrait commissions. To date some of my clients include: Walt Disney World, Cricket Magazine, Dover Publications, Beyond Words Publishing, and Auryn Inc.
In one of the high points of my career, Hillary Rodham Clinton displayed my portrait of her daughter in the White House. In a note to me she said, "I have your Chelsea drawing - my angel- in my private study where I see it every day. It captures her spirit!” Another professional peak was when Oprah Winfrey purchased the painting I did of her as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I was even more thrilled when she featured it on her “Favorite Things Show” later that year.
In 2012 I decided to heed marketing advice and create a blog to help build a following for my art. When I introduced my blog, Commonplace Grace, I had no idea I could write or how much I would love the process. To my delight my work was noticed by Arianna Huffington and my blog has been a regular feature in the Huffington Post ever since. I've written and illustrated two children's' picture books, Glory in the Morning, and Love you to the Moon and Back. They both are now available on Amazon and iBooks.
*****What is your book about and who are your intended readers?
Glory in the Morning is about a girl named Annabelle who is thrilled when she happens upon a fairy in her garden. But her delight turns to horror when she discovers that the tiny creature is under a spell, and that the fairy will disappear forever unless two believers see her at the same time. Annabelle begins a search for someone else who knows that fairies are real, and discovers that seeing with your heart is as important as seeing with your eyes. Glory in the Morning is a timeless story about the universal longing to be seen and believed in. I think it could be enjoyed by children from age three to nine.
*****Could you describe it as mostly for entertainment, education, inspiration, a combination or other? Why?
It’s for entertainment and inspiration. I want it to be the kind of book children fall into and wonder about the magic that exists right under their noses.
*****What prompted you to write this particular book?
It’s funny, but for a long time I had no idea why this story burned in my heart. After I published it I realized it was about me. Because of the dynamics of my family of origin, I grew up feeling invisible. Like the fairy in my story, being seen and loved for who I was by friends is what kept me alive. I know that sounds dramatic but love does heal and transform.
*****What do you hope readers will remember most about this book?
The message I would like readers to carry with them is that eyes aren't the only way we see and the value of friends who believe in you.
*****Please share links to your web page and social media sites as well as links to your book.
Web page: www.sueshanahan.com
Buy book here: (Amazon link etc.) amzn.to/1DWEQZa
Any special sales dates or appearances to mention?
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