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Welcome to Day 2 of The Virtual Book Tour for Author Sally Lee
The Writer’s Life
with Children’s Author Sally O. Lee
I’m hosting Day 2 of a 5-day virtual tour (sponsored by the National Writing
for Children Center) for Sally O. Lee’s new book, Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam!
About Sally O. Lee
Award-winning author, Sally O. Lee earned her BA in
Studio Art and Art History (with distinction) from Colby College and then went
on to study graphic design and painting in Boston (Art Institute of Boston) and
in New York City (New York Studio School). She has had several shows of her
work and received an art grant from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
to conceive and create a series of paintings, and from this came her 2002
exhibition- A Journey Into Abstraction. Some of Ms. Lee’s paintings are
in various private collections in the US.
In recent years, Ms. Lee has begun to write and illustrate
children’s books. Some of them deal with the struggles of living with some form
of handicap…or, as the author prefers to call it, imperfection. Many of her
illustrations have been published and she has earned both academic and public
recognition for her important work in children’s books. She has had
illustrations published in Worldlink Magazine, IEEE Magazine, and
several other publications. Sally has illustrated and written 29 books for
About the Book
School shootings are a topic no one wants to talk about,
especially with young children. Yet, they do occur, so many young children are
fearful. This is the story of an angry man who goes in to a school with a gun
and hurts people. It is also a story about those who survived and how they
Sally Describes How
She Writes and Illustrates
process is a little unusual. I do have a day job and a cat to takecare of so I
have to fit it in here and there!
a book will take me 5 years to write and sometimes it takes me 5 days!
the illustrations are done but the story doesn’t work yet. And sometimes I have
an idea, and the entire book just pours out. I never know.
“I consider myself more of an illustrator than a writer, so
the story usually is written in a very short amount of time. The illustrations
are much harder and take much more time! I write at my computer (sometimes on
paper), but I do my illustrations in my leather chair in my living room
watching t.v. and doing laundry with a cup of coffee. I have sketchpads and watercolors
nearby so that when the idea strikes, I can paint it.”