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George R.R. Martin & Tony DiTerlizzi: The Minds & Processes That Build Fantasy Worlds

May 9, 2016

Fast Company magazine recorded a conversation with Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin, and myself on fantastical world building, creative process and finding inspiration.   Thanks to Chuck Salter, George (and Raya), Jim Ludwig and the staff at the Jean Cocteau Cinema for capturing this moment. The event at the Cocteau was a fun …

USA TODAY Interview

October 3, 2014

USA TODAY: October 2nd, 2014: ‘Star Wars’ trilogy is retold in new kids’ book

Star Wars Interviews

May 17, 2014

Patrick Day of the Los Angeles Times interviewed me while on the road promoting The Battle for WondLa last week.

Sammy the Owl (Part II)

January 22, 2014

The creation of the logo for the Amherst public library was a feature article in our local paper, The Gazette.

New Interview for Girl Scouts

October 8, 2012

I recently did a brief interview for the Girl Scouts of America with a focus on the creation of WondLa.

TIME for KIDS Interview

June 19, 2012

Saniya Soni and I talked at length about the WondLa trilogy at Hicklebee’s during last month’s tour.

LA Times Interview

May 11, 2012

Geoff Boucher, of the LA Times, asked me a few key questions on the challenges of writing the second book in a trilogy. See what I had to say over at the Hero Complex.

GeekDad Interview

May 11, 2012

Jonathan Liu, of Wired magazine, has posted an in-depth interview where we talk WondLa, reading, and being all around geeky dads. Take a look.

“Hero” Featured on CNN

May 7, 2012

Saturday (May 5th) I flew up to Atlanta and had the opportunity to talk all things WondLa with CNN’s Randi Kaye.

You Know You’re Getting Old When…

February 3, 2012

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of amazing experiences come to pass in my life as a result of my career in illustration. One that I suppose I wasn’t expecting until much later was a book about me. However, I was pleasantly surprised last year when Abdo Publishing Company, an educational publisher, added …

New Interview for Scholastic News

June 4, 2011

Back in March, Cecilia Gault of Scholastic News Press Kids Corps interviewed yours truly right after my Today show appearance.

CA Illustration Annual 52

May 16, 2011

Communication Arts magazine just released their illustration annual with an feature by Lisa Cyr titled “Building Fantastical Worlds”. Yours truly was interviewed along with James Gurney (of Dinotopia fame) and Philip Straub. Be sure to check it out at your local bookstore. Update 6/16/11 – this article is now available online at the CA website. …

Back in 1982…no wait, 1992…

December 8, 2010

Jon Schindehette, the Creative Art Director for Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast, invited me to participate in his “How I Made it” series over at his blog in hopes that my story may offer up some seeds of inspiration for up-and-coming fantasy artists. In fact, I found his blog to be INCREDIBLY …

WondLa Podcast

November 22, 2010

Kaye Cloutman, with the San Francisco Book Review, did a great interview with yours truly recently covering a variety of topics including book tour, San Fran and (of course) the creation of The Search for WondLa. Grab a cup of coffee and give it a listen.

Tune in to some Tony D

November 9, 2010

I’ve had a little down time in between book tour events allowing me to tend to some of the ideas that have been fluttering around in my brain for the last year. One of them is a complete redesign of my website with a clean and simple interface with a focus on my children’s books. …

TIME magazine for Kids Interview

October 4, 2010

Sahil Abbi, a thorough young up-and-coming reporter for TIME magazine for Kids did a great interview with yours truly last week just before the New York City launch event of The Search for WondLa at Books of Wonder (which featured the fabulous Uma Thurman reading chapter 1 while I drew away like a madman). Check …

School Library Journal: WONDLAFUL!

August 17, 2010

Connie Tyrrell Burns, of Mahoney Middle School in South Portland, Maine write a fabulous starred review of The Search for WondLa in the current issue of School Library Journal. Here is my fav part: …The abundant illustrations, drawn in a flat, two-tone style, are lush and enhance readers’ understanding of this unique universe. In addition, …

Bookie-Woogie Interview

July 5, 2010

Fellow illustrator Aaron Zenz and his hilarious kids ask all the right questions at his Bookie-Woogie blog. Enjoy!

Interview at Celebrity Cafe

May 7, 2010

I had meant to post this last week, but (as usual) I’ve been swamped. Here’s a lengthy interview I did for Celebrity Cafe right before the holidays. Enjoy!

Updated FAQs

February 23, 2010

Doing a school report titled “Your Favoritist Book Creator of All Time”? When is your college term paper on “The Most Stupendous Writer-Artist-Guy of the 21st Century?” due? Perhaps you want to break into the industry of making books for kids…or perhaps you just need to know more about me than my own parents. Whatever …

An Interview, a Quick Sketch, and a Contest

December 2, 2009

I had a great reminisce with my old Dragon magazine editor, Wolfgang Baur, at Kobold Quarterly. We talked about my start working for TSR’s Dungeons & Dragons, my role on creating the visuals for the Planescape role-playing game…and even a little advice for up-and-coming illustrators. You can listen to the entire podcast here. …and, because …

Seven Impossible Things Interview

October 27, 2009

I know its been a little quiet here on the blog front. That would be because I am locked down in my Florida office, knee-deep in writing the second draft of my next novel, The Search for WondLa, which will be out next fall (For those of you who attended an event during the “Spiderwick …

Talkin’ MENO!

August 17, 2009

New Interview Online

November 18, 2008

Erin, of Miss Erin’s blog, has just posted a great interview up with yours truly. Check it out! Order Arava Purchase Lexapro Purchase Sinequan Order Zelnorm Cheap Mexitil Buy Femara Proscar Purchase Prozac Purchase Rocaltrol Clarina Cheap Zimulti Combivent Purchase Lozol Buy Levlen Buy Aciphex Order Levaquin Purchase Starlix Superloss Multi Buy Atrovent Diabecon Order …

KENNY Podcast now Online

October 3, 2008

From the Book Talk website: Stephen Usery talks to children’s book author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi (that’s me) about his chapter book Kenny & the Dragon. Good times, good times…

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.