Susan Eaddy writes picture books and plays with clay in her attic studio. She begins work every day with clean hands, but depending on whether she is writing or illustrating, within minutes those hands may be bright green, or purple, or whatever! All of her illustrations are all made with modeling clay, and photographed in her attic studio. Her writing is greatly helped by her two marmalade cats who never miss an opportunity to settle onto her writing pad or crowd her computer.
She also loves to travel and has used the opportunity to visit schools all over the world, including Taiwan, Brazil, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the USA.
How did you come to the realization that you wanted to write/illustrate children's books professionally?
It all began in kindergarten! I drew a pretty good picture of a rooster which my Mother framed and hung in our kitchen. Then when I was 9 my uncle created this cool clay dragon for me & I thought, Wow. Maybe I could combine my favorite things ... art, clay and reading and create BOOKS when I grew up! And THEN when I was 10 my most wonderful, fabulous BEST teacher EVER read a composition I had written to the whole class and I thought, wow. MAYBE I could do it all! Write AND illustrate!
I am definitely a morning person. And I like to be active, so I alternate between writing in my "kitty" corner and writing at my treadmill desk. That slow rhythm actually gets my creative brain jump started.
My critique group! I have 4 excellent writer friends who always give me honest feedback on both my writing and my illustration. I depend on them to point out what I am too close to see. And we provide moral support for each other, shoulders for crying or champagne for toasting.
The rejection is the hardest. Most creative people are sensitive and most creative projects have a piece of your soul in them. It is a competitive business and I stress "business", so you can work for months or years on a manuscript and even if your critique group, agent & editor love it... it can still get rejected. Over & over & over! I've grown a tough rhinoceros hide to help cope though, and there again is where your critique group and writing buddies are invaluable. We can all commiserate!
I love to read and I love to travel. I will go anywhere at the drop of a hat. Whether it is a tiny town in North Dakota or a bustling city in China, I love seeing new cultures and especially meeting school kids in their home towns.
Yes! Eenie Meenie Halloweenie is coming out in 2020 with Harper Collins. It is being illustrated by the fabulous British artist, Lucy Fleming.