How do you pronounce your name?
My surname translates from Italian to “of Terlizzi”, the town my ancestors immigrated from on my father’s side. Terlizzi is in the Bari province of southern Italy. Though I have visited several grand cities in Italy (including Milan, Venice, Florence and Lucca), I have not made it to Terlizzi…yet.
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Where were you born?
I was born in Los Angeles, California on September 6th, 1969. My parents and I did not stay in California long and I spent the majority of my youth growing up in Jupiter, Florida. I am the oldest of three siblings (a sister and a brother), and all of us are artistically inclined thanks to a creative mom and supportive dad.Back to Questions
What school(s) did you attend?
I attended public schools in Florida including Hobe Sound Elementary, Murray Middle School and South Fork High School. I enrolled in several colleges, including a brief stint at Florida School of the Arts, and received my degree in graphic design at The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale in 1992.Back to Questions
What is your signing policy?Books:
I will sign personal copies of your books, however there are some guidelines:
- If you would like your book personalized, please include a note with the name clearly written.
- If you are sending jacketed books to be signed, please remove the dust-jacket beforehand. The paper jackets can get damaged during shipping.
- Please include return packaging and postage with your book/s so that I can send them back to you. I would recommend insuring your package.
- If you are sending items from outside the United States, I ask that you include an International Postal Coupon that I can redeem when I ship your stuff back to you.
- You may send your books to me at:
P. O. Box 442
Although I signed Magic the Gathering
cards through the mail for many years, I no longer do so. My schedule does not allow for a quick return on the cards and I cannot be responsible for cards lost or damaged in transit to and from the studio. However, you are more than welcome to bring your cards to any of my signing events listed in the Appearances
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Where can I purchase your books?
TD: Most all of the books that I worked on are still in print and available at fine bookstores everywhere. Of course, there are many online stores where you can get them as well.Back to Questions
What are you favorite books that you read growing up? How about your favorite movie? Food? Color? Musician?
Here’s some favorite stuff that I loved growing up with:
As a kid it was peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Favorite picture book:
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
by Leo & Dianne Dillon
Favorite chapter book:
Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary
Favorite book read to me:
The House at Pooh Corner
by A.A. Milne
by Richard Adams
Favorite band: The Beatles
Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The original Star Wars trilogy
Favorite television show:
The Muppet Show
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Do you have any hobbies you like to do besides drawing?
I am a big reader and I collect a lot of early editions of children’s books and classic literature. I enjoy seeing how these stories are adapted into film, so I love to watch films. My friends will tell you I am a nut for old rock and pop music, especially from the 1970’s and 80’s. I also collect old toys, games and knickknacks from my childhood.
I am a kid who grew up outdoors and I love being in nature. I like to bike, hike and take lots of photographs, especially macro-photographs of insects.
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What’s the first book you ever made? What was the first book you ever published?
I have been making handmade books since I was a kid. In Boy Scouts I made a book on dinosaurs, which my mom helped me with. And I made a pocket field guide to insects I had collected. I also made a comic book about my pet hamster Max.
When I was 12, I created a book called “Gondwanaland” about a mysterious island full of weird and mysterious creatures. (I reminisced about it in Jon Scieszka’s Guys Write for Guys Read
My artwork was first published in Dragon Mountain
, a role-playing adventure for Dungeons & Dragons, which was released in 1993.
The first book that I wrote and illustrated was Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure
, which was published in 2000 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.Back to Questions