Meet Jeannie Brett

 mice at the beach

Jeannie Brett contacted me with a donation for Bridget’s auction.  This illustration is just one of  four card set which you can bid on at the auction. Here is what I discovered about Jeannie:

What have you recently published and what are you currently working on?

 I have illustrated 4 PB for Sleeping Bear Press. All state alphabet or number books about Maine and Massachusetts . The most recent is ONE IF BY LAND; A Massachusetts Number Book. The best known is L IS FOR LOBSTER; A Maine Alphabet (at least in NE!). The other two are: M IS FOR MAYFLOWER; A Massachusetts Alphabet and FISHING FOR NUMBERS; A Maine Number Book.

 I am currently working on a new project with Sleeping Bear Press which I will illustrate and write! I am also working on a non-fiction PB book of my own (working with a publisher but it hasn’t been acquired yet) and several other PB ideas of my own.

 AND….I have a small but growing line of greeting cards that I sell locally and soon to be sold on line through my website,

 I have one more school visit for this school year. I am always working on tweaking my “school visits” to make them better and better!

 Oh, and I am thinking of starting a blog about observing NATURE right in your own backyard! My current blog (with fellow illustrators)

What books are on your nightstand?

 Well, there are a few that I’m in the middle of:
BALZAC and the LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS by Dai Sijie ~ one more chapter!
LUNCHEON of the BOATING PARTY by Susan Vreeland ~ ½ way
A BORDER PASSAGE by Leila Ahmed~ ½ way

And want to begin when the above are finished:
LIFE of PI by Yann Martel

 Where do you find inspiration?

 That’s an easy one! For the most part I find inspiration from my family, my childhood memories and the great outdoors!

What advice to do you have for would be writers/illustrators?

It’s a fantastic world out there in the published writer/illustrator world! BUT,get ready to wear MANY hats and work extremely HARD all the time!What was your favorite book as a child?

The NINE LIVES of Homer C. Cat by Mary Calhoun is one among many others.

 As a teen? Siddartha by Hermann Hesse, Watership Down by Richard Adams among many others.

As an adult? he Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd stands out as a favorite among many others… Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier…

Any particular genre stand out? Memoirs, Historical fiction, YA (love RULES by Cindy Lord!)

 Writing the first draft or revising? Which is your favorite?


Favorite time of the day to work?

Early morning!

Chocolate: white, dark, or milk?


Coffee or tea or —?

Strong coffee, sometimes ginger tea when I’m coffee’d out!

 Dance: Funky chicken or the tango?

Hmmmmmm a little of both…not very good at either although I had to take ballroom lessons as a tween and teen! White gloves, ankle socks and fancy dresses!

Thank you, Jeannie,  for the wonderful donation.  Someone commented that they actually wanted a larger print for a child’s room. 

Bridget had her second round of chemo on Friday. Healing thoughts to her.  Her auction can be found at Bridget Zinn Auction.

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