Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and twenty-first, is of children’s author and interviewee Natasha Wing. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Natasha Wing is a best-selling children’s book author who is most known for her popular The Night Before series. The series is a take-off on The Night Before Christmas with Natasha’s modern and refreshing spins on the story. Her series started out with The Night Before Easter and then grew to cover other holidays, back-to-school topics, and memorable events in kids’ life such as loosing a tooth. The series has also been picked up by Scholastic Book Clubs.
Natasha enjoys getting fan mail with ideas for new Night Befores, and has even been able to convince her editor now and again to let her write what the fans want.
Natasha has also written picture book biographies, and loves writing about real people because the storyline is already there! When she gets overwhelmed by facts and is grinding away at revisions, vegetable chips, chocolate or a spoonful of peanut butter helps. Or a good spin around the block on her townie.
She has lived on both coasts and now has settled in Colorado with her husband, Dan. They adopted a lynx point cat from the shelter for $17 and have enjoyed hours of cheap entertainment from her. Purrsia likes to tap dance on Natasha’s desktop while she’s writing and sleep on her laptop. Natasha wanted a lap kitty, but instead got a laptop kitty!
Natasha lives a pretty simple life – writing, hiking, biking, reading, getting together with friends with some traveling thrown in for giggles – but being a writer, she has figured out ways to make life complicated. Hey, it wouldn’t be a good story if there weren’t obstacles and conflict! And most of the time, there are happy endings.
She enjoys Skyping to classrooms and hearing the questions kids pose. You never know what might prompt the next book.
And now from the author herself:
One of my favorite books I worked on was An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers. I grew up in Connecticut, right up the street from the famous abstract artist, Josef Albers. When I was walking home from my art class with my painting of a deer in a field, I came across Mr. Albers on his walk in the neighborhood. He looked over my painting and gave my a few suggestions. I wish my mom kept that painting!
When I grew up and started going to art museums, I saw paintings by Josef Albers and said, “Hey! He was my neighbor!”
Later, after his death, I became a children’s book writer and wondered why my neighbor had paintings in fine museums.
My curiosity became An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers which was chosen as an ALA Notable. Thank goodness for curiosity!
The book includes a color wheel, color glossary, a bio, and activities. Pssst. Teachers and art teachers love this part of the book.
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