Miranda Hackwill - Interview (July 2020)
Why do you want to be a published author/illustrator?
Stories define our culture, what’s important to people, what is valued. Stories help us to remember our past and imagine our future. Stories give shape and substance to our hopes and dreams. Knowledge can inform our direction, but stories fire our imaginations and motivate us to pursue dreams and passions. I want to write stories that connect to people, cause them to pause and think, and open their minds and hearts to possibilities.
‘A picture tells a thousand words.’ In a storybook it is the illustrations that create the magic which brings a story to life. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, painting, collages and many different kinds of arts and crafts. I want to imagine and create the images that tell the story.
How long have you been writing/illustrating?
I have been drawing and painting and creating stories and illustrations for as long as I can remember. The first pictures I remember drawing were in kindergarten when I was three or four years old. The first story I remember writing was when I was about seven; I wrote and illustrated a story for my Dad for his birthday.
How did you celebrate your first publication?
My first publication was a picture book telling the true story of my father’s death and how my children connected with him and came to a peaceful acceptance of his death. It was primarily a story written and told for my extended family and friends, but also then published so that it can help other families who are going through a similar loss. We didn’t really celebrate, but perhaps I can celebrate my next publication with a party.
How would you describe your writing/illustrating style?
I like to tell stories that are mostly true or realistic, with just a twist of magic or imagination to give the reader thought to what’s possible in life. I want to tell stories that elicit an emotional and spiritual response to the wonder of the natural world.
I like to create realistic pictures so that the reader can believe that if the story looks real, maybe the magic could be real, the dreams could be possible. I think realistic illustrations can be more powerful in allowing a reader to imagine themselves within the story.
How has Creative Kids Tales assisted you on your journey to publication?
Creative Kids Tales has assisted me on my journey with advice on various aspects of writing, illustrating and publishing. They have given me access to contacts who I have connected with individually as an aide to my journey. I have also really enjoyed reading the articles and other links providing information and tips for writing, illustrating and publishing.