An Interview with Laurie Smollett Kuscera
Meet Laurie Smollett Kutscera! She grew up in the Greenwich Village part of New York City. She studied fine art, calligraphy, and children’s illustration at Queen’s College. One of her teachers was Caldecott medalist Marvin Bileck. What a great opportunity! Laurie used it to become an award-winning graphic designer, a published children’s illustrator, and a toy designer. What a career!
Laurie got interested in writing 14 years ago when she was cruising the eastern seaboard from Nantucket to the Virgin Islands. I met Laurie last year through 12 x 12 and the Children’s Book Academy. Laurie is still a New Yorker. She lives on the north shore of Long Island with her husband Nick and rescue dog Cody. Her life sounds practically perfect!
This is Laurie’s cover! Meet Alexander Fin, master of illusion and son of a famous magician. When his father dies, Alex must move, but he won’t unpack or have anything to do with his new home. Everything changes when he discovers an unusual deck of cards hidden in his father’s old desk. They’re animated, and that’s when Alex’s real adventure begins.
Read Laurie’s On the Scene interview, and you’ll learn where she got this story idea. Hint – it involves magic!
PS - Laurie's interview must be magic . . . it keeps disappearing whenever I try to share it on Facebook so I'll see if it works here. Fingers crossed!
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!