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Thursday, October 4, 2012

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES JULIE HAMMOND, ILLUSTRATOR OF RILEY’S HEART MACHINE

Congratulations 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!

Thank you for stopping in to share Riley's Heart Machine with us. Readers can purchase their copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

5 comments:

Nancy Stewart said...

Well done, Julie! The illustrations are marvelous!

Susan Hornbach said...

Congrats Julie, your books are wonderful. I love the color, soft emotion you portray with Riley's Heart Machine. Wishing you great success!

Margot Finke said...

Julie, the story is cool, and I love your illustrations. I also envy you your amazing talent. Stick figures are my limit!!

Great interview too.

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Penelope Anne Cole said...

Hi Kai and Julie, nice interview. I take my hat off to all artists. It's wonderful what they do to bring our stories to life. Thanks for your hard work and for sharing.

Janet Ann Collins said...

That book should be helpful to lots of kids and the illustrations are great.

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