on the release of Riley's Heart Machine. What medium did you use for
illustrating this book? How do you choose?
Julie: I chose watercolor because I wanted a really sweet feel to this book.
What is your favorite illustration from the book? Why?
Julie: Probably the page showing Riley's belly with her pacemaker bump. I love it because it shows a spunky girl who decides to finally share her secret with her friends. She looks so happy!
Did you have to do any research for this book?
Julie: Well, the author shared some pictures of her daughter, who is the namesake of this book. I also looked up pictures online. I already knew about pacemakers though because I used to work as an EKG technician.
Is this your first published book?
Julie: No, I also have an Easter book, "Why Do We Celebrate Easter?" by Dunrobin Publishing and more books soon to be released.
We’d love to hear more about you.
As well illustrating I work at my local library in the children's area. I love working with children and getting them excited about books. I have two daughters, a loving husband and a seriously lazy cat. We live in a cozy house in a suburb of Saint Louis, MO.
In addition to RHM I illustrated an Easter book, Why Do We Celebrate Easter? by Mark I. Sutherland, and have illustrated for Guardian Angel Kids magazine, Stories for Children, and LaTeen Magazine. And I had a rebus picked up by Highlights magazine.
This coming year is going to be great! I will have a few more books that will be coming out: Birds In A Flower Basket by Mary Jean Kelso, Hockey Agony by Donna McDine, Santa Ate My Gingerbread House by Mark I. Sutherland, A Sandy Grave by Donna McDine and H-Hoo's There by Jason Todd.
Wow, you must be busy all the time! How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Riley's Heart Machine events?
Julie: Ooo I'd love to hear more from my readers! I have a website www.juliehammondart.com and a facebook page juliehammondart that they can visit!