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

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