Roxie Munro is an author/illustrator of more than 35 children’s books (including EcoMazes; Mazescapes; The Inside-Outside Books: New York City [New York Times Best Illustrated Award], Washington DC, Texas, London, Paris, Libraries and Dinosaurs; Go!Go!Go!; and Hatch!). Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. She has contributed fourteen covers to the New Yorker magazine. Recently, Roxie created two apps: Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure and Roxie’s Doors, as well as all the art for KIWiStoryBooks.
Roxie studied at University of Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Hawaii (BFA), Ohio University graduate school, and received a Yaddo Fellowship. She works in a Long Island City studio just across the East River from her home in mid-Manhattan. She is married to Swedish writer/photographer, Bo Zaunders.
What must you have in your studio to inspire you?
Books, art supplies, good music, lots of light, no one around.
What do you love most about drawing/writing? Would you rather do one over the other?
I prefer drawing and painting. Love a clean black ink line, but also love color. Writing is harder for me. Both require research – to learn about my subjects, like birds or snakes or a character for a bio. But also, have to research how things look and how they work, in order to draw (or write) about them.
What is the hardest and easiest part of the illustrative process for you?
Hardest is the research, and the pencil sketch and final ink drawing. Easiest is the painting.
What five words best sum up your personality?
Focused, resilient, determined, friendly, hardworking.
Other than drawing, what else do you love to do?
Describe your perfect day.
Coffee. Go to studio around 9am. No appointments or people around. Work all day on a piece already begun. Leave at 6pm and go home to my husband, who greets me with a glass of wine and home-cooked dinner. Rest of the evening- reading (or watching the Yankees during baseball season).
Do you have a particular work schedule you follow?
I work six days a week. Come in around 9am Monday through Friday (except if I go to gym earlier). Saturday come in around 11am. All six days leave around 5:30-6:30pm.
What are some of your past, current, and/or next project?
Have published more than 35 picture books for children: nonfiction (bios, architecture, nature); concept books (mazes, search-n-find); lift-the-flap-paper-engineered books. Two interactive apps for the iPad out in the last year or so: “Roxie’s Doors” (3-D animated direct book-to-app conversion) and “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure” (also available for the iPhone/iTouch; game animated original app). Coming out Sept 4: KIWiStoryBooks (Kids Interactive Walk-in Books- huge stage set-like picture books. Out June 2013: “Slithery Snakes” (Amazon Childrens Books/Marshall Cavendish).
What would you like children to take away from your books and iPad/iPhone apps?
I’d like them to become fascinated by and engaged in nonfiction, which is as or more interesting than fiction. And to have fun, and love all media: prints books, apps, walk-in books.
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