Six authors and illustrators with notable spring debuts.
Tim Federle’s parents took him to see Cats when he was nine years old. From the moment he realized that one could “dress in a Halloween costume, sing, and get paid,” he wondered why anyone would want any other job.
When Adina Rishe Gewirtz was 12, she had what she calls a “life-changing” experience: she read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. “I was so taken with the voice and how she just wrapped me up in that experience,” Gewirtz said.
Aaron Meshon met his wife, Ayako, 10 years ago at a softball game in Chinatown under the Manhattan Bridge. She’s Japanese, and they’ve traveled back and forth to Japan together more than a dozen times..
If you ask Nicole Griffin whether she always wanted to write YA books, she doesn’t hesitate. “I always planned that was what I was going to do,” she says, “from the time I was a tiny kid.”
After Maris Wicks graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 with a B.F.A. in illustration, she didn’t exactly leap into her chosen field.
The road to publication for Leila Howland’s YA debut, Nantucket Blue (Disney-Hyperion, May)—about a girl who, while working as a chambermaid one summer, falls in love with her best friend’s younger brother—was almost 15 years in the making.