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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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.