As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Definitely an artist. I dressed up as an artist as an 8-year old when my friend had a "Come as what you want to be when you grow up" birthday party.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Books, tv, and the world.
Do you have any influences?
I love Trina Schart Hyman, PJ Lynch, Joseph Zbvuik, The PreRaphaelites, Jonathan Stroud, and Lloyd Alexander.
Can you describe your process?
Thumbnail, sketch, refined sketch, digital color study, print the sketch on watercolor paper, and paint.
Who is your favorite author/illustrator?
Illustrators: Trina Schart Hyman, Iris Compiet, Pj Lynch,
Authors: Jonathan Stoud, Susanna Clarke, Marissa Mayer, Diana Wynne Jones, Lewis Schcaar,
Do you keep a sketchbook or a writing journal?
Yes. I have so many notebooks and sketchbooks.
Is there any story that you wish you could retell or illustrate?
So many. I love fairy tales. Someday, I'd like to do a retelling of The Three Spinners (A fairy tale kind of like Rumplestiltskin) because I think it's funny.
What do you do when you are not writing or illustrating?
Watch k-dramas, walk, cook, read, and garden.
What do you think makes a good story?
A story needs to have a reason to exist. A purpose in the telling, something that we can learn from and become better people because of it, plus feel emotionally connected to.
What makes a good author or illustrator?
One that works hard with a goal in mind.
What is one thing that others don’t know about you?
I have a flipper tooth. It's a fake tooth connected to a retainer that I can take in and out. Someday I might get an implant but I'm kind of scared of that idea, plus they are pricey. So I just still have the flipper.
Are you working on any projects that you can talk about right now?
I'm working on an illustrated novel called The Magpie Magician. It's getting close to the point where I'll be ready to submit to agents and publishers and I'm excited. There is more info about the story on my website talesfantastic.com