Jeffery E Doherty - Interview (February 2016)
Why do you want to be a published author/illustrator?
I have always been a bit of a nerd. I built a bookcase that looks like the TARDIS from Doctor Who. All of my favourite books live in there. The real TARDIS is bigger on the inside and can take you to meet weird and wonderful characters in new worlds full of adventure. To me books are the same. They are bigger on the inside too, portals to strange and wondrous places. Who wouldn't want to create something that amazing. But I suppose the real answer is, being published is like being accepted. It is graduating from being a writer/artist to a author/illustrator.
How long have you been writing/drawing?
I have been writing stories and really bad poetry since high school, but mainly as a hobby. I started going along to the Kids and Young Adult Literature Festivals about ten years ago and decided then that if I was going to call myself a writer, then I was going to have to start taking it seriously. Since then I have been trying to learn as much as I can about making my writing better.
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, probably since I could hold a pencil.
How did you celebrate your first publication?
My first children's book, "Paper Magic" came out in late 2013. I was lucky enough to be able to write and illustrate the book. When I received the acceptance email from the publisher, I did an extended Happy Dance in front of the computer, then did another one when I printed the email and showed my wife. We celebrated again during the book launch at the school where I work - with non-alcoholic sparkly wine - it was a children's book and we were at a school so it only seemed right to do it that way. A number of the kids from the school were models for the illustrations and they were there to help us celebrate.