Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Meet Apollo: our new Siberian Kitten

Apollo is our new Siberian kitten. I never thought we would have a cat because my husband is very allergic to them. As a Christmas present, he researched hypoallergenic cats and this breed came up and now we have a cat. He is still somewhat allergic, but only when he handles him, and it's much better than most other breeds.

We got him when he was 13 weeks old, so we missed out on this cuteness of his early weeks (pictures from the breeder):

But now we have a more mature kitten, who is just as adorable:

He has already inspired me to do a bunch of sketches of him cat napping:

© Sylvia Liu

© Sylvia Liu

© Sylvia  Liu

© Sylvia Liu

© Sylvia Liu
You'll probably see a lot more of these sketches in the future.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 In Review: Health, Hope and Creativity

My motto for 2016

In the past, I've reflected on my creative year and was grateful for my creative communities (2013) or my very creative family (2014). This year, I focus on lessons learned in 2015:

Friday, December 18, 2015

How I Got My Agent: Dow Phumiruk

I'm excited to interview Dow Phumiruk, an online friend I met through several kid lit communities. Her art is luminous and we featured her on Kidlit411 last year.
She talks about how she landed her agent, Deborah Warren at East West Literary Agency.

Monday, November 30, 2015


A very exciting development. My debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA got its first review, in Publisher's Weekly. Check out the full review here. It's a good one!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


How exciting is this?

My debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by the talented Christina Forshay, will be published by Lee and Low Books in May 2016.

I am so pleased to share the cover. Christina has captured the main characters, Gong Gong and Mei Mei, perfectly, as they share a morning of tai chi and yoga.

It's available for preorder it at  AmazonBarnes and NobleIndiebound, or your local bookseller.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Better Books Marin 2015: A Writing Conference to Remember

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Better Books Marin 2015 conference for middle grade & YA writers in Petaluma, California. Organized by Darcey Rosenblatt and her critique group, this was an amazing 3.5 days of intensive critique sessions and deep craft seminars. Most of the 25 attendees were local to Northern California, but a few of us crossed state lines (Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).

Here are some highlights: