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Thoughts on Collaborating, incorporating an Interview with Joanna Marple on uTales

Collaborating

Darshana Shah Khiani‘s interview on her Children’s Book Review site, “Flowering Minds”, with new children’s picture book author, Joanna Marple, is revealing on lots lof levels.

Joanna and Darshana met on children’s writer and illustrator FaceBook site, 12 x 12 , a very lively, supportive, share and learn community set up by Julie Hedlund. When Joanna released her very first picture book, a collaboration with the very talented Maja Sereda, Darshana jumped in with the interview offer.

“Snow Games” is a fun tumble and rumpus in winter’s wonderland aimed at 3 to 7 year olds. Maja’s wonderfully endearing little animal characterisations beautifully complement the story.

Joanna  shares what it was like to collaborate with Maja to create “Snow Games”. Close collaboration between author  and illustrator is a circumstance largely [and sadly] foreign to most traditional print publishing. For Joanna and Maja it was a fun and very rewarding experince. But the interview goes beyond the creation of  “Snow Games”. It also details Joanna’s experience of the uTales website and her thoughts on traditional and digital publishing.

Cover for “The Sea Cat Dreams” collaboration with Muza Ulasowski, a narrative verse story with a theme of surviving the changes in life.

Joanna Kindly makes mention of my collaboration with noted animal and wildlife illustrator, Muza Ulasowski, a story about surviving change, “The Sea Cat Dreams”. Muza was one of many wonderful illustrators I met on the uTales Facebook group and have since worked with to create a varied range of children’s books.

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6 responses to “Thoughts on Collaborating, incorporating an Interview with Joanna Marple on uTales

  1. Brenda May 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I agree, Joanna’s story and Maja’s illustrations make for a wonderful story. 🙂

  2. Beth Stilborn May 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for this post. So good to highlight other publishing options and delightful stories.

  3. story book July 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I agree,So good to highlight other publishing options and delightful stories.

  4. Elsa March 3, 2013 at 12:27 am

    “Thoughts on Collaborating, incorporating an Interview with Joanna Marple on uTales | Jrpoulter’s Weblog” This in fact causes me think a bit extra. I really adored every particular element of this blog post. Thank you -Cheri

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