In Kinship Podcast Interview
A Book's Reader and Its Creator Have a Heartfelt Conversation About Life & Creative Process
Tina over at In Kinship Podcast has lovely & deep conversations with artists and makers of all kinds, and I got to be one of them!
Tina began by sharing her touching story of connecting with my book HOME IN THE WOODS; how it encouraged her to take a scary but needed big step during a hard situation in life. ❤️🩹 Then she listened with generous enthusiasm as I shared the winding journey—involving and thanks to the Sendak Fellowship Retreat—to getting that most challenging book project of mine into finished form. And she spoke with even more generous enthusiasm for the book’s final outcome.
We chatted further about creative routines and process; my method of flexible timed hour-long work chunks and flexible breaks (guided by some fun and nerdy break cards). The entire conversation was a delight, and it’s so rare that we bookmakers get to have conversations like this in detail and get to hear back such appreciation from the readers they end up in the hands of. That was pure joy.
It’s a long listen (I can’t help feeling impatient with my slowness of speech when hearing it back) — and Tina had saint-like patience with a fluke router issue that came up right at the time of our conversation and created connection problems. You can hear that in my audio, too, so listening at 1.5x speed might help smooth out the listening experience.
So many thanks to Tina for featuring me on In Kinship — a podcast for “makers who crave a vibrant, fully lit-up life on their own terms”. 💛
Here’s the behind-the-scenes short film that my partner Adam made while I was in the last 2 weeks of finishing the art for the book:
And here’s a link to my picture book HOME IN THE WOODS: