Before writing for children, I inspected pantyhose, taught English in Taiwan, worked for a Russian comedian and travelled the world as a tour director. Born in America, I now live in Yorkshire where I have developed an insatiable appetite for Fat Rascals. When not writing, I pay psychics to tell me how successful I’ll be (and munch on Fat Rascals, of course!). I'm represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. You can learn more about me at: www.rebeccacolbybooks.com
What are you working on at the moment?
Picture books, picture books and more picture books, although I seem to buy far more of them than I write......
My debut picture book, THERE WAS A WEE LASSIE WHO SWALLOWED A MIDGIE, will be published by Floris Books in 2014. A further pictuer book, IT'S RAINING BATS AND FROGS, will be published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan US, in 2015.
If you had to recommend just one children's book you've read in the last year, what would it be?
Whoa! Way too difficult! Some of my favourite picture book writers are Jeanne Willis, Kelly DiPucchio, Tammi Sauer, and newly published British SCBWI member Clare Bell. And I love anything illustrated by Korky Paul. One of my favorite PBs to come out this year was Corey Rosen Schwartz's fractured fairy tale in verse, THE THREE NINJA PIGS.
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
Perseverance and patience! Because if you persevere, you will make it. And once you make it and sell that first book, you need to be patient because it could be another two or three years before you see it in print.
"Rebecca, Thanks for the information. I will ask Maureen about the Middlesborough face to face group when she's a little better - it's an hour away from me but closer that York. I have been contacted by a few people today and, after writing…"
Rebecca, Thanks for the information. I will ask Maureen about the Middlesborough face to face group when she's a little better - it's an hour away from me but closer that York. I have been contacted by a few people today and, after writing for five years without such contact, it's lovely! Hope to see you soon, MC
Was the draft of Monsterella that won the scoobie prize the same draft as you brought to York? If it wasn't then I'd love to see the changes you made. Would that be OK, would you share the why and the how with the group on Saturday?
So looking forward to it. I may even draw a train!
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