Zoran Milich - Author

Birthplace?
In a fishing port on the Adriatic Sea in the former Yugoslavia.

Birthday?
July 7th.

Where do you live now?
Toronto, Ontario.

When did you start taking pictures?
In 1982 I started taking pictures for the Toronto Star because I felt I had the ability to capture interesting moments in day-to-day life.

What's your favorite thing about creating children's books?
The challenge of trying to place myself in the thought frame of a child.

What was your schooling or training?
No training in school --- I'm self-taught. I apprenticed with some very famous studio photographers.

Do you have any pets?
A black lab called Miranda and a bulldog named Boo Boo.

What are your hobbies?
Digital video, and building and rebuilding my Web site (www.isabelvincent.com).

How did you become involved with children's books?
Valerie Hussey, the publisher at Kids Can Press, talked me into it.

Do you have any advice for young creators?
Do what moves you and respect all criticism. Work very closely with your editors.

What's your favorite book?
Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

What's your favorite movie?
Dr. Zhivago.

Where do you work?
At home. I'm a stock photographer with Masterfile.

Where do you get your ideas?
They come from inside.

How do you create your illustrations?
I work with film and then transfer it to the computer in Photoshop.

What's your greatest childhood memory?
Riding the subway until the end of the line, and going to the airport to watch planes take off and land.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A zookeeper.

What's the weirdest or most interesting job you've ever had?
War photographer.

City Signs

2004 - Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Commended

The City ABC Book

2002 - Independent Book Publishers Award, Short-listed
2002 - Book Design Award, Alcuin Society, Winner

Picture Books

City 123, 2014