Susan Boase always thought illustrating children’s books was a good idea. She even wrote it down a number of times over the years on lists of career options. She even made it half way through an illustration program at Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan after graduating high school. The problem with Susan was, she was distractible, and curious, and had a bit of wanderlust in her.
So, it took a number of decades, and many creative cul-de-sacs before she backed into children’s book illustration. In 1999 she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Through unbelievable good luck, she met editor Ann Rider of Houghton Mifflin Company at a SCBWI workshop and Ann accepted Susan’s first picture book, Lucky Boy, for publication in 2002.
Lucky Boy won the KIND Children’s Book Award from the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education in 2004. Lucky Boy has been published in Korean and Japanese.
Susan is currently illustrating a chapter book written by Christine Graham, entitled Three Little Robbers, scheduled for publication by Henry Holt and Company, Fall 2007.
Susan lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Greg Miller and her two fox terriers, Frida Kahlo and Wyatt Earp. In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, Susan also makes little ceramic things. What, do you think you can make a living just writing and illustrating children’s books??