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In the Artist’s Studio With John Parra
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In the Artist’s Studio With John Parra

by Christina Rodriguez

An artist’s studio isn’t just a sanctuary for pensive reflection and ideas, but a workshop of endeavors, problem-solving, and a nexus of activity. For nationally-acclaimed children’s book illustrator John Parra, his studio is also a living testament to his Latino culture. John shares a peek inside the creative space where he infuses his background, culture, and personality into his award-winning multicultural children’s books and other projects that draw from his roots like the USPS 2017 “Delicioso” Forever Stamp series featuring his vibrant illustrations of popular Latin American cuisine. […]

Beach Reads: Mary Alice Monroe Intertwines Storytelling & Nature
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Beach Reads: Mary Alice Monroe Intertwines Storytelling & Nature

by Terri Barnes

Mary Alice Monroe doesn’t mind if her books are labeled “beach reads,” as long as they get readers to think about the beach while they’re relaxing there. The bestselling author incorporates environmental issues of animals like dolphins and sea turtles into her stories, and insists the story is paramount. “I’m writing about the people,” she says. “It isn’t just about the turtles. It’s all about emotion and storytelling, and then you let the truth—like a parable—come through.” […]

Books & Babies: Sally Hepworth on Writing & Motherhood
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Books & Babies: Sally Hepworth on Writing & Motherhood

by Terri Barnes

Authors often compare producing books to birthing babies, and novelist Sally Hepworth finds more than the usual similarities, including the nine months it takes her to write a book. She’s now awaiting the arrival of her third baby and publication of her fourth book, The Mother’s Promise. Birthing and mothering are prevalent themes throughout her writing. Her books are not all about having babies, however. Through the lens of motherhood, Sally examines a variety of topics in her writing: single parenting, infertility, children with special needs, aging parents. […]