Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Q&A with Scott Menchin
Scott Menchin is the author of the new children's picture book What Are You Waiting For?. His other books include Goodnight Selfie and Taking a Bath with the Dog. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including American Illustration and Print Magazine, and he teaches at the Pratt Institute Graduate School.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for What Are You Waiting For?
A: I always loved the play Waiting For Godot and at some point I heard the phrase "What are you waiting for?" and thought it would make a great kids book title before I even had an extended idea or plot.
Q: Was the choice of which animals should be featured as the two characters yours or illustrator Matt Phelan's?
A: It was Matt's choice. I've attached some of my early sketches for characters when I still thought I wanted to illustrate the book.
Q: What do you hope your readers take away from the story?
A: Good things are worth waiting for. Always ask questions even if you are being annoying.
Q: As someone who has written and illustrated many books, do you have a preference between the two?
A: No preference. They are two very different ways of thinking and working. Making art seems like more work. Writing seems more magical.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I'm trying to develop a book about the cats that live in the Hermitage.
Q: Anything else we should know?
A: I hate cottage cheese and liver. I love Van Gogh and basketball.
--Interview with Deborah Kalb