PictureBookBuzz: Tell us about yourself.
Yevgenia: I am an illustrator, painter and stage designer. I had illustrated a number of children's books before I took the plunge and wrote my own. I grew up in the former Soviet Union and my debut author/illustrator book - Anya’s Secret Society is based on my childhood memories. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and two sons.
PictureBookBuzz: Tell us about your main character.
Yevgenia: Anything Anya imagined, the left hand could draw… But in Anya’s home in Russia, the left hand is the wrong hand. Doing the right thing means being like everyone else. And everyone else is right-handed. Every night, Anya imagines she’s drawing alongside a secret society of great- left-handed artists.
PictureBookBuzz: What other books have you written?
Yevgenia: Anya’s Secret Society is my debut as an author. My next author/illustrator book, The Russian Typewriter Adventure, is coming out in 2020.
PictureBookBuzz: Tell us about your illustrations.
Yevgenia: I am a visual artist, so naturally I like when illustrations tell the story. In Anya’s Secret Society, the text is understated, while the wit and emotions are expressed visually. The illustrations are half traditional, half digital. I see every book as a chance to experiment with a new technique.
PictureBookBuzz: What are you currently working on?
Yevgenia: I have two books in the works as an illustrator: Martin and Anne, The Kindred Spirits by Nancy Churnin and Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics by Laurie Wallmark, both from Creston Books. I am also working on my own picture book, Mona Lisa in New York. Mona Lisa is currently searching for a publisher!
PictureBookBuzz: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Yevgenia: I am on Instagram and Twitter as @znayberg.
My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/nayberg
My website is www.nayberg.org
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