I interview children's illustrators and authors in the picture book field as well as local creative types in the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area. I also do more interviews at the kidlit resource website  

How I Got My Agent/ Landed My Contract

Dow Phumiruk, picture book illustrator. Visit her portfolio.

Elaine Kiely Kearns, picture book author & founder of the kid lit resource website,

Yvonne Mes, picture book author & illustrator. Visit her website.

Lori Ann Levy-Holm, picture book writer and illustrator. Visit her website.
Teresa Robeson, multitalented writer of picture books and science fiction. Visit her website or her blog, Growing, Writing, Creating.

Alayne Kay Christian, award-winning picture book author, life coach, and blogger on landing her dream agent. Visit her website or blog, Writer's Whole Life Perspective.

Illustrators/Authors/Picture Book People

Emma Walton Hamilton, children's editor, author, and educator who teaches people how to write picture books, chapter books, MG, and YA

Tia Mushka, children's author and illustrator who makes dreamy art and personal maps.

Susanna Leonard Hill, acclaimed author of many picture books. Her website is, and she teaches an online course on writing picture books, Making Picture Book Magic

Mark Mitchell, children's author and illustrator; creator of the popular online course on children's book illustration, "Make Your Splashes, Make Your Marks!"; and Illustrators Coordinator for the Austin SCBWI. His two blogs are How to Be a Children's Book Illustrator and Illustration Course.

Chris Soentpiet, talented children's illustrator of over twenty picture books, including his most recent book, Amazing Faces. His website is
Dan Amos, creator of the Book Creator for iPad, a simple way to create picture book ebooks for the iBookstore. His website is:

Lynley Stace, author and illustrator of The Artifacts, a moody, literate, witty picture book app for all ages. Her blog is Lynley Stace: bloggity blog blog.

You Byun, author and illustrator of Dream Friends, a charming picture book about friendship and imagination. Check out her lovely art at her website.

Hampton Roads Creative Talent

T Campbell, web comics writer known for his webcomics, QUILTBAG, Penny and AggieFansGuilded Age, and Widgetitis. These and other works are found at his website T Campbell’s Things.

Lisa Kostrzynski, a Virginia Beach artist who paints fantastic pop art dog portraits. Her works can be found at her Etsy shop, Pop Dog Designs. She is also on Facebook.

Rick Mersel, co-owner of The Norva, a concert venue/rock club in Norfolk, VA, who paints in his spare time.

MKIA, an artist, illustrator, songwriter, and writer...who also happens to be a high school sophomore getting her I.B. diploma. Find her work at MsKnowitAll's Sketch Journal and Deviant Art.