Today I have the privilege of introducing you to an author who is new to me, Merrily Kutner. Merrily writes books for children and I had the privilege to read two of them, which I loved! You can read them as well by going to Lookybook.
WFAR: When did you start writing?
MK: No. The editor and/or the art director at the publishing house pick the illustrator. Authors don’t usually have a say. I know a few authors who were asked to suggest an illustrator but that’s never happened to me. I was grateful that I received sketches.
WFAR: Both books have a sing song feel to them; I think that’s important for young childrens’ books. Do you try to do that in your books? Why or why not?
MK: I think books that have a lyrical feel (catchy words and phrases) make it easier to pull a child into the writing…so it makes the book more interactive. This also helps the book to hold up to many reads. But, I don’t set out deliberately to do that with every book I write. It depends on the story…how the vision comes to me.