Lisa Stubbs is the creative genuis behind the cute as a button picture book, Lily and Bear.
I’m absolutely delighted that she has popped in to My Book Corner today, and what a wonderful insight in to the creation of a picture book she has given us!
You are in for a treat …
Tell us about you in 25 words or less.
I’m a creative Yorkshire lass and lucky wife and mum of three (that’s children not husbands… one’s quite enough) I love yellow, picture books, screen printing, sunflowers, laughing with friends (best medicine ever!), can make a wicked ginger cake with chilli icing, want to own my own tree house, go on a bit and can’t count ….. is that about 25 words?
What makes you happy?
Happiness is true quality time with my children, putting all the business and rushing around to one side. Also breathing in fresh air, doodling, travel adventures and curling up in winter in front of our log fire with a lovely book, glass of wine and a bag of liquorish torpedo’s or Revels… or both.
Where have you always wanted to visit, but haven’t made it to … yet?
I have three destinations I’d love to visit, Japan being the first. Everything about Japanese culture intrigues me especially visually. I’d love to see a Japanese kite festival with my family and fly our own kites there! Also we’re big fans of Studio Ghibli animated films and love watching ‘Spirited away ‘, ‘Ponyo’ and ‘My neighbour Toroto’ which are all so beautiful. There is a Studio Ghibli museum in Japan and it would inspiring to see some of the original art and sketch books.
I’d also love to see one of the Day of the Dead festivals in Mexico and visit Frida Kahlo’s blue house in Mexico city, which is now a museum of her work and life.
And finally Dollywood! in the Great Smokey mountains of Tennessee!! Skyla loves Dolly Parton’s song ‘My coat of many colours’! We both enjoyed watching a documentary of Dolly Parton’s life and career she came across as so positive with a great zest for life and a fab sense of humour! I promised Skyla that I would take her to Dollywood holiday park one day and we’d spend some Dolly Dollars! Happy days!
For Lily and Bear – which emerged first, the storyline or the characters?
Lily and Bear evolved from some sketches I’d done of of my Lily when she was little asleep on an imaginary Bear. When Lily was small she loved drawing, imaginary play and running around the house in vest, tights and a tutu! I made these sketches into two colour screen prints,
I also created a screen print inspired by a picture Skyla had given me, she said it was the colour of her love for me! It’s such a positive happy image, I love it.
It was a combination of these images that inspired the text for Lily and Bear.
Where is your favourite place to create books?
I work on my ideas in my studio at home. I’m lucky as I live high up on the side of the Holme valley over looking the start of the Peak district. When the weather allows there’s a lovely spot around the back of our house on a dry stone wall at the top of the garden. It’s so high up, when you sit on it you can see over the top of the house to an amazingly beautiful view.
Some times I’ll take a cup of tea and my note pad and sketch book and work up there, it feels like I’m on top of the world.
What’s the best thing about being a published author & illustrator?
The feeling of being incredibly lucky and proud that my pictures and story will be shared with children and parents and be a part of that special quality time, I just love that.
I’ve read that Lily and Bear features some drawing from your own children … tell me more!
Yes, Lily and Bear features artwork from when my children were little. On the first page when Lily is busy drawing, the pictures pegged up on display are taken from pictures I’ve saved from Lily, Skyla and Sonny.
They were all excited to see their work in Lily and Bear!
What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
My children have asked me all kinds of crazy questions when they were younger, I remember Sonny asking me ” if I suck all the colouring off a tick tac and put it under my pillow do you think the tooth fairy would be able to tell the difference? ” to which I probably replied, ” I know the tooth fairy that visits our house can be a bit dizzy and forgetful but I think she’ll know the difference between a tic tac and a tooth!”
I also remember Sonny asking me ” why is my name spelt wrong on the television?” when I looked I realised the logo ‘SONY’ was on the bottom of the TV, so I just said ” Oh they’re terrible speller’s at the television factory!”
What’s your worst habit?
My worst habit? what do you mean, I’m like Mary Poppins practically perfect in every way….. we’ll just ignore that I’m forgetful, bite my nails, never travel light and stick my finger in the Nutella pot in the cupboard… what was the question again?
Your favourite word(s)?
My favourite words are, Baba ghanoush (aubergine dip ), gubbins ( Yorkshire word for bits and bobs ) and discombobulated! (feeling confused).
Can you give us a glimpse / peek / hint at your current WIP (I could bribe you with a Wagonwheel!)?
Ha ha, maybe for a packet of munchies and you’re on! I’m currently working on ideas for Lily and Bears next adventure!
Did we forget anything?
Just for fun
Tea or Coffee? Tea – green!
Paper books or e-books? Paper books every time, you can’t press flowers between the pages of an e-book.
Cake or chocolate? Cake with chocolate on!
Write or type? Write
Poetry or prose? Poetry
Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin? Gryffindor
Hot or cold? Hot