Frequently Asked Questions about Tony:
Q: Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
TD: 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.
Q: What school(s) did you attend?
TD: Sometimes this question is aimed at my grade school years, sometimes its college, so here are both.
I attended Hobe Sound Elementary, Murray Middle School and South Fork High School growing up in south Florida. I went to 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.
Q: Where can I meet you? Where will you be appearing next?
TD: I try to do as many signing events as time permits me throughout the year. As soon as I get confirmed dates, I post them right on my HOME page and on my BLOG, so check back often – I may be coming to your town next!
Q: How can I get in touch with you? What’s your email address?
TD: Due to my hectic schedule, it has become increasingly hard for me to answer all the emails that I receive. However, you can always send letters to my mailbox at:
P. O. Box 442
Please include a clearly written SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) with your letter if you are sending an inquiry.
*If you’ve a question or some fan art you’d like to share on my blog for “Friday Fan Art”, you may send it to me at: email@example.com
*If you are interested in booking an event with me, you may contact the Simon & Schuster publicity manager, Paul Crichton at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you are interested in film, television or other licensing rights with my books, you may contact my manager, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein: email@example.com
Q: Will you sign my stuff? What is your signing policy?
TD: That’s simple – yes! I will sign your copies of children’s books, collectible cards, magazines, and just about anything else you send me. I only ask that you follow a few guidelines:
First off, no matter what you send to get signed, you have to include a clearly written SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) with your package, so that I can send it back to you. If you want your signed items returned, please include one. If you’re sending expensive stuff (first edition books, rare Magic cards), you might want to insure your package.
If you are sending items from outside the United States, I ask that you include an International Postal Coupon with your SASE that I can redeem when I ship your stuff back to you.
Please send all signing requests to:
P. O. Box 442
Signing Collectible Cards
Please limit your cards to 10 or less, and indicate if you would like any personalized.
I will sign as many books as you send, however there are some rules:
1. I will sign one copy of any title without a personalization.
2. Multiple copies of one title MUST BE personalized with a name.
3. If you request a doodle in your book, it must be personalized.
As a tip, if you are sending jacketed books to be signed, I recommend that you remove the dust-jacket beforehand. The paper jackets can get damaged during shipping.
*If you are looking to have books signed for resale, please contact Simon & Schuster’s publicity manager, Paul Crichton at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Can you send me an autograph or signed photo of yourself?
TD: If you write to me at my P.O. address then I can send you an autograph. Please include what you want the autograph on; otherwise, I will do it on my stationary.
I do not have headshots to sign and send out. However, you can download one from the Biography page of the website if you need one for a school project, report, dartboard, etc.
Again, please refer to the above questions for information on the inclusion of a SASE and where to send your package.
Q: My class/student have written you, will you respond?
TD: I am always touched when I receive a package of letters from students who are fans of my work. It validates what I do and why I do it.
If an entire class has written me, I will write back to the class as a whole. If one student is writing me (for a class project) I will usually reply in the form of a postcard or a letter (if a SASE is included).
If you send me a bunch of questions, I will answer a couple, and probably refer you to this section of my website. If you need your response by a certain time frame, I must tell you that it can take me a month or more to respond.
Lastly, I get a lot of letters from students who only include a first name and the school address (usually in their endearing, but often illegible, handwriting). I try my best to decipher the handwriting, but if it is not legible I cannot send it, so PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY so I can write ya back.
Q: Will you come speak at my school? Will you sign at our local convention?
TD: I usually do school events in conjunction with a store while on book tour. If you are interested in booking an event with me, you may contact the Simon & Schuster publicity manager, Paul Crichton at: email@example.com
I don’t attend gaming conventions as I once did. My schedule just does not allow for it.
Q: I am writing a research paper on you, can you answer some questions?
TD: As much as I am honored by your consideration of me as the subject of your college term paper, my schedule just doesn’t allow me the time to answer your questions and get them back to you in a timely manner. I strongly suggest reading through all of these FAQ’s, as most of my common questions are covered (which is why this section primarily exits).
If you have one or two questions that you really want me to respond to, drop me a line at my post office box (see above). But please remember to give me plenty of time to respond as I can’t correspond quickly while on a deadline or on book tour.
Q: Do you do commissioned artwork? Will you design a tattoo for me?
TD: At this time my schedule is quite full of various contracted book projects. Consequently, I’ve no time to tackle private commissions, tattoos included. However, feel free to use existing art as the source for any tattoo you’d like. If you do get some inkwork that you want to share, contact Angela and perhaps we’ll post it on my blog: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: 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.
Q: Why isn’t there an “Art of DiTerlizzi” book out yet?
TD: I get this question a lot, but I keep holding off on this type of book. I feel an art book on my work would be neat, but I must admit, would be a bit premature.
As I look at my career as a whole, the years that I worked in the gaming field were a gestation period for me, a chance to get my technical abilities up to a standard that I was happy with. Achieving that, I have been working very hard to establish myself as a storyteller and creator in the genre of children’s books. This is was what I had wanted to do all along. From picture books to illustrated chapter books, there are a bunch of projects in line that I am preparing to work on in the coming years.
As I continue to explore visual storytelling, I want to push my art and style around a lot. So I would like to wait a little longer before I compile it all into one tome that would signify me and my work.
Q: What are your favorite books that you read growing up? How about your favorite movie? Food? Color? Musician?
TD: 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
“Watership Down” by Richard Adams
Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
The original Star Wars trilogy
Favorite television show:
The Muppet Show
Q: Do you have any hobbies you like to do besides drawing?
TD: I m a big reader. I read a lot of kids books and classic literature. I enjoy seeing how these stories are adapted into film, so I love a good movie. My friends will tell you I am also a nut for old rock and pop music, especially from the 1970′s and 80′s.
I am also 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.