Robin Preiss Glasser

Robin Preiss Glasser is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O’Connor; America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail, and Our Fifty States by Lynne Cheney, and Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Focus on your goal, and just keep plodding towards it with blinders on.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A.
A number of years ago I did a book with Lynne Cheney called A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women. In doing the research on these great American women in history, I was so awed and inspired by what these women were able to acheive -- and what they had to go through to give women of my generation and the next the ability to go after our own dreams with fewer stumbling blocks along the way. So many women, both nameless and well-known, worked so hard. I would be thrilled and honored to meet any one of them in order to say thanks.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to train my dog to stop chewing the sofa.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I've always worn my hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail, and despite not having danced for over 20 years now, it's a habit I cannot break.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A.
I love to perform. First as a ballet dancer, and now, when I go out to promote my books, I get to perform for audiences. Happiness to me is when I'm in the spotlight. I'm very lucky. I have a wonderful husband and children who are (knock on wood -- I am very superstitious) happy and healthy, who allow me to do what I love...which is basically to sit at my drafting table coloring every day, and occasionally stepping out into the limelight.

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