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The Author and the Illustrator
Angela T. Baron is the author and illustrator of the children’s books A Tale of Two Squirrels (2013) and Squirrely Over Nuts (2010). After receiving a BS in Zoology from Texas A & M University, she started work in the veterinary field. Feeling her creative spark grow while working with animals at the clinics and while volunteering at the zoological gardens, she began filing ideas and stories in her head. The birth of her children fueled that fire and she began writing for children, using nature as an outlet to teach them about various issues and entertain them at the same time. Now she has expanded to include young adults in her audience. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the creator of the I Otter Be® line of illustrations that are available through her website. Otters are her favorite wildlife creature and her cute and active otter character found its way into the market via t-shirts and mugs. She lives with her husband and two children in western New York, where she actively writes and illustrates for herself and others, while still staying active in the volunteer community.
There is usually some planning done prior to sitting down and writing that next fictional tale. Writers will most likely have a formulated plot with multiple sub-plots and a protagonist surrounded by a list of characters. Depending on the genre, they will have their scenes of crowded malls, peaceful beaches, dangerous battlefields, or romantic bedrooms, all fixed in their heads. Where do they get those ideas? If other writers are anything like me-the ideas are all around us. (read more…)
Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators