Meet the woman behind the illustrations

Not Now. I'm Writing.

The question I am asked most frequently about publishing children’s books is, “Where did you find your illustrator?”

As general rule, I dislike any story that begins with, “I spoke it into existence,” but in this case, it applies and is true.

After yoga class, I said, “I’ve written some children’s books. Now, I just need an illustrator.” And from the other end of the studio, I heard, “I’m an illustrator.”

A few cups of coffee and some sandwiches later, Duncan and I decided to make some books.


Me: For those who may not know who you are, how would you describe yourself and your work?

Duncan: I would say I’m a production designer and artist. I’m loyal, opinionated, and hardworking. 

Me: Have you always been an artist? 

D: I have. When I was in school, I had really great art teachers. They would take my work and secretly enter…

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B.A. Burgess

Barbara Burgess is a writer which is made apparent by the text in this box and the box above. She is best known for being a multi-genre/multi-writing voice author who throws caution to the wind when describing her writing career - "Oh, I write children's books, holiday romance, and sci-fi. Why? What do you do? Just one thing?" In addition to being a writer of all the things, she is the founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press and a writing facilitator bringing permission to write to the masses via Skillshare and Udemy. The only social media she frequents is Instagram (@hellothisisbarbara). Her desert island movie is Stargate (the original with James Spader), and she has been taking daily mug shots of her morning coffee since before Instagram was even a thing.

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