By Edna Cabcabin Moran
I played among the boulders in the tundra of Iceland, hung out in a bustling Norcal Navy town and bicycled my way through the sprawl of Honolulu. In the process, I gathered stories–bright glints of people, places and events. As a child, my favorite “sport” was daydreaming. I also loved drawing (and painting), writing and reading. I scoured the libraries, both at school and on base, looking for myths and legends, how-to books, biographies, mysteries and sci-fi. I was hooked on Sunday funnies and Mad mag. I stockpiled comic books. In my teens, I poured my thoughts into journals and scribbled out short stories and poems. The pages that held my writings are long gone but their colorful fibres remain–both intricately woven and ready to be spun.
Stepping Into Picture Books. I was a doting, teenage aunty when I read Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are to my young nephew, Junior. Captivated by Sendak’s lush illustrations and vivid text, I felt as though I stepped into the story itself, joining Max in his wild rumpus travels and eventual return home. The story lingered with me long after I closed the book covers. I was inspired and wanted to make a picture book. However, the internet hadn’t existed yet so I learned what I could on my own. I studied with accomplished picture book artists, joined a critique group and worked on my illustration portfolio.
Publishing Journey. Several years and numerous workshops later, I began submitting my work. I also became a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)–the closest thing to a guild for creators of childrens and young adult literature. My work was discovered in a “slush pile.” BeachHouse Publishing acquired The Sleeping Giant: A Tale From Kaua’i which they published in 2006. Since then, I’ve been published in other books. I’m currently writing a middle-grade novel and I continue to create picture books and poetry.
When not writing
I know of
~Larry L. King