Saturday, July 23, 2011

Meet the Author and Illustrator (event)!

Meet the Author!

Come meet children’s author Sharon Wagner-Zarrella and illustrator Vidya Vasudevan!

The “Lizzy Anne’s Adventures” team will be at the Urbana Regional Library in Frederick, Maryland on October 20th. Come see us at 3:00 p.m.!

Writer Sharon Wagner-Zarrella was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Prince George’s County, Maryland, when she was five. She is the eldest of three children. Later in her life, she applied for a secretarial position with the Department of Navy. After getting married and having a daughter, she took to being a stay-at- home mom. In addition to her daughter, she is also the mother of five spoiled dogs.

She began writing 10 years ago and quickly found a passion for children's books. In the past few years, she has published three picture books (ages 1-4) and a children's series called “Lizzy Anne's Adventures” (ages 5-10). She is currently working on more volumes of “Lizzy Anne’s Adventures” and various picture books.

Her family has been the primary source of inspiration for her work, and she loves writing children’s books because she enjoys the challenge of forming and developing just the right characters for her stories and bringing a smile to a child’s face.

Illustrator Vidya Vasudevan was born in India, but from the age of one, lived in Africa where her Dad worked. She was in Uganda for five years and Mozambique for ten. After high school, she pursued higher studies in Kerala, India. She found that every state in India has its very unique culture, climate and landscape as well as language. The scenes and experiences in the varied regions of India give her inspiration in her illustrations and designs.

She graduated in English Literature and then continued her post-graduation in the same field. Her passion has always been in a field unrelated to her studies, and that is illustration. At a very young age, she would gaze at her favorite children’s book illustrations and think, “I would like to do that one day!”

She got a job at an animation company where she worked for a year. During this time she got married and joined her husband in the US after six months. She now works as a children’s book illustrator and a graphic designer as well as a full-time mother to two children.

Leave a comment if you will be attending! Hope to see you there!

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