Diana Murray is the author of over twenty children’s books, including the bestselling UNICORN DAY series and Jr. Library Guild Selections like CITY SHAPES and GOODNIGHT, VEGGIES. Diana has taught picture book writing workshops at the Highlights Foundation and Storyteller Academy, and her poetry appears in many magazines and anthologies. She grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her husband, two children, and a dancing dog.
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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.
Interested in writing a children's picture book in rhyming verse? Check out my mini class at Storyteller Academy, called "Writing Natural Rhyme that Sells".
And definitely go visit the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for lots of free materials and answers to all your questions.
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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 family pets include a goldfish, a lizard, two snails, a parakeet, a dancing dog, and a smarty-pants cockatiel named Bean.