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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.

Be sure to check out the developmental sketches of Eva Nine, Rovender Kitt and Besteel. Also, there is a comparison of a scene from The Search for WondLa between the first draft and the final copy-edited manuscript. Lastly, I’ve shared a deleted scene from the first book.

The Studio is a special section within the Girl Scouts main site which is aimed toward young storytellers. They’ve featured some of my favorite authors, so give it a look. Enjoy!

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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.