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Here are ten random facts about me:
1 My favorite color is black.
2 My favorite ice cream flavor is green tea.
3 My first pet was a dalmatian named Pebbles.
4 I love English Breakfast tea!
5 I believe crispy food is superior to soft food.
6 On childhood fishing trips, I sneakily saved the cutest worms from their terrible fate. I made them race before setting them free.
7 I enjoy yoga and running.
8 My favorite pizza is topped with mushrooms and olives.
9 I love glitter and sparkles.
10 Our current pets include a goldfish, two lizards, a parakeet, and a smarty-pants cockatiel named Bean.
Diana Murray is the author of over a dozen books for children, including CITY SHAPES (Little, Brown) and GOODNIGHT, VEGGIES (HMH), which were both Jr. Library Guild Selections; UNICORN DAY (Sourcebooks), a National IndieBound Bestseller; and PIZZA PIG (Step-into-Reading, Random House), a Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Winner. Her award-winning poems have appeared in magazines such as Highlights, High Five and Spider, as well as many poetry anthologies. She grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her firefighter husband, two children, and a motley crew of pets. http://www.dianamurray.com
More from Diana:
I moved here with my family from Ukraine when I was two years old. I have lived all over New York City from Coney Island to Manhattan and Queens. I spent much of my childhood drawing, dreaming of a backyard, and making up stories. My first job was at a sock store called “Leg Room”. Using my employee discount, I developed quite an impressive sock collection.
In college, I was especially interested in child psychology and art. After graduating, I spent many years as a graphic designer and art director, most recently working in the fashion industry (at Theory). I did lots of brainstorming for different concepts. This included photographing clothes hanging from trees and street signs, creating design-it-yourself gift wrapping, and laying out look books for every season. I believe my experience with design helps make me a more visual writer.
I discovered a new passion for writing while reading picture books with my first daughter. I became smitten with picture books for their simplicity, humor, philosophical depth and unique interplay of words and pictures. I especially love writing in rhyming verse, which feels like solving a puzzle in the best possible way. Also, nothing beats that special moment of closeness you get when you share a book with a child.
Photo Credit to Jesse Rinka