Matthew Forsythe is the author-illustrator of Pokko and the Drum, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a recipient of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. He is also an illustrator for animated films and television. His credits include Adventure Time, The Midnight Gospel, and Robin Robin, a stop-motion animated musical from Aardman Animations and Netflix.
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What does your writing space look like?
I usually write in a library, so it looks like a library. But I draw in my studio in Montreal. So i'm including some photos of my studio space.
If you could spend a day with another popular author (living or dead), who would you choose and why?
Raymond Briggs. I love the way he brings simple, truthful details into his work, like Father Christmas birdwatching or the working class environs in Ethel & Ernest or Gentleman Jim. I would love to have a cup of tea with him.
How do you celebrate when you finish your book?
A little book tour is the best way to celebrate finishing a book. You get to meet people who are enjoying your work and finding new meaning in it.
Is there something you do/have while writing that helps your process? (Music, snacks, etc.)
For writing, I like to have silence - which is kind of a treat these days, haha.
What book are you currently reading?
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. I'm late to this party but it's so good.