Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Two interviews with Mary Jane Begin

We seem to be on a bit of an interview frenzy around here just now! But yes, the author and illustrator of the beautiful new Under the Sparkling Sea book has been chatting away merrily. First, she tells Read Local: The Barrington Books Blog that the whole project took her about 18 months, and that her paintings will be shown at the National Museum of American Illustration at the end of June. Newport, Rhode Island is a little bit far for me, but if you happen to be in the area I'm sure Begin would appreciate it if you dropped in and had a look for yourself.

As if that wasn't enough, there's another interview, this time with GoLocalProv, a Providence, Rhode Island-based lifestyle website. In this one, Begin tells us that her childhood dream was to be a vet (Fluttershy would be proud!), that she's always wanted to illustrate Hansel and Gretel because of its dark undertones and that she loves to walk her dog (Chance) along the beach. Okay, these interviews aren't likely to make any national front pages, but it's always interesting to learn a bit more about the people behind the Pony stuff we buy.

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