Amanda is an author and illustrator based in Prospect, Kentucky. As she explains, like “any good Kentucky-born girl,” she “grew up drawing horses.” After earning a degree in Fine Art / Graphic Design from Murray State University, she worked as a graphic designer before launching her own company, Driscoll Creative. When she became a mother, she discovered her true passion: writing and illustrating children’s books. She is now the author and illustrator of three picture books.
All images courtesy of Amanda Driscoll.
Many of my stories grow from experiences I had as a child, or experiences I had with my own children. Sometimes I’m inspired by the world around me, whether it be a trip to the beach or a bird on my windowsill. I once even wrote a story about doing laundry, although that will likely never become a book!
Sometimes it requires a bit of juggling. I work from home, which is both a blessing and a curse, as it means I can work anytime, night or day. (You can imagine the pros and cons.) My kids are older now, which makes the balance easier. My daughter is pursuing a music career in Nashville, and my son is a freshman in high school, so I have time for writing while he’s in school. I’m also a freelance graphic designer, so that gets juggled into the mix. Oh yeah, and then there’s the laundry…
They think it’s pretty cool! They read my rough drafts and give me feedback, and are a great help with book launch parties. They also score bonus points with their language arts teachers when they tell them that I’m a writer.
My favorite family activity is laser tag. Possibly because I am the ultimate supreme world champion. Okay, my son beat me last time, which I am still recovering from, but generally I am tops on the leader board. Competitive? Who me? ;-)
Read, read, read to your kids. Anytime, anywhere. Make sure they have books within reach, so they can pick up a book on their own. Give them books in the car, in restaurants, in the grocery store. And let them see you reading a book, too. As my kids became independent readers, we would sit side-by-side on my bed and read individually, but together.