Marisol Sarrazin - Illustrator

Marisol Sarrazin

Marisol Sarrazin lives in a little house with a pointed roof up in the Laurentian Mountains, north of Montreal, Quebec. From morning to night, she spends her time illustrating and writing stories, partly for the sheer pleasure of it and partly, it must be said, to earn her living!

From her childhood years on, she has been creating characters in all sorts of shapes and colors, either to illustrate her own stories or those of authors who do not have any colored crayons at their disposal. Since 1986, she has published more than 50 books, several of which have won awards and been translated into a number of languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Italian, German, Greek and, we think it most likely, the Hobbit language.

Birthplace?
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec.

Birthday?
May 14th.

Where do you live?
Sainte Adèle, Quebec.

When did you start drawing?
I began drawing as a three year old on the living room walls. I first began illustrating books when I was 20.

Do you have any pets?
No, no pets.

What is your favorite book?
My favorite books are Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

What are your hobbies?
I love going into the woods for walks.

What was your schooling or training?
I studied graphic design, art and cinema.

How did you get involved with children's books?
My mother is a children's writer and illustrator.

What is the thing that you like the most about creating children's books?
I love to create my own little worlds.

How do you create your drawing?
I look at a lot of books and pictures. My ideas come from nature and from children I meet in schools.

Do you have any tips for young creators?
Draw anytime and anywhere.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing in the woods around the house and drawing with my mom in her office.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an actress.

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you've ever had?
I was a clown for a while.

Sam Gets Lost

2005 - SMART Book Award, Short-listed