283: Art, Magic, and Robots – Interview with Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken

Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken, the author and illustrator behind the buzz-worthy middle grade novel Weird Little Robots.

Carolyn Crimi is the author of several books for children, including Where’s My Mummy?, Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies, Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates, and There Might Be Lobsters. Weird Little Robots is her first novel and she lives in Illinois.

Corinna Luyken is the author-illustrator of the NY Times Bestseller, My Heart; as well as The Book of Mistakes, which received four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more.  

She is the illustrator for Weird Little Robots, written by Carolyn Crimi and Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, written by Marcy Campbell. She lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

In this episode Carolyn, Corinna and I discuss:

  • The inspiration behind Weird Little Robots
  • Shifting from writing picture books to full length novels
  • How to maintain creative momentum
  • Building characters that feel alive and real
  • How throwing away eighty pages of work inspired a stronger story and characters

Plus, their #1 tips for writers.

For more info and shownotes: www.diymfa.com/283

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